->'''Meatwad:''' Won't you ask that TV if he minds showing me some ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''? I like me some ''Futurama''.\\
'''Master Shake:''' Well now we're too damn cheap to receive it, so go the hell over to [[Creator/ComedyCentral Carl Central]] and watch it to your heart's content!\\
'''Meatwad:''' Carl gets ''Futurama''?\\
'''Master Shake:''' He didn't even want it until we started watching it!
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'', "[[http://www.adultswim.com/video/?episodeID=8a25c39218e52ef60118e79454b3000d Bible Fruit]]"

Television shows are usually not directly owned by a particular channel, although once they have a contract to air the show they often have some creative control of it. The only exception is first-run syndicated shows that are owned entirely by the production company and distributed to individual stations, regardless of their network affiliation. At other times a show might be owned and produced by a specific network but the rights to air it were bought out by another network. It's a complicated business where all that matters sometimes is [[MoneyDearBoy the bottom line]].

Just like sports teams, there are many reasons for a show to switch from one place to another.
* Contract Buy-Outs: The show is exceptionally popular and when a contract expires two or more channels bid for new seasons.
* VindicatedByHistory: The UsefulNotes/{{ratings}} weren't high enough on one channel so they [[{{Cancellation}} didn't renew]] it for a new season. Another channel [[UnCanceled grabbed the show up]] (sometimes after a move to reruns in {{syndication}}) and it moved over.
** And just like the trope, it may be poorly performing on one channel while on another channel it skyrockets in popularity. Of course, a [[UsefulNotes/{{Ratings}} 3.5 rating]] on ABC is cancel-worthy; a 3.5 rating on USA is cause for celebration.
* Behind-the-Scenes Politics: Waning interest in the show and a network makes [[MoneyDearBoy a great offer]], sometimes a package deal with a selection of other shows.
* Vertical Integration: Certain shows are saved only because their production companies happen to be under common ownership with another network. Shows produced by an in-house company can be sold to other networks for their airtime, thus the hop is more of a "coming home."

Note that this only counts ''new'' episodes; else, the sheer number of places they've shown ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' reruns would make the page overflow. Channels calling episodes "premieres" when they know full well that they originally aired somewhere else are telling you BlatantLies -- slightly more honest ones might use the WeaselWords "network premiere".

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!!Examples:

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[[folder: From ABC to...]]
* ''The Danny Thomas Show'' (aka ''Make Room for Daddy'') jumped from ABC to CBS in 1957.
* ''Series/TJHooker'' was cancelled after four seasons by ABC, CBS picked up season five and aired the new episodes in its 11:30PM Crimetime After Primetime slot.
* ''Series/SisterSister'' from Creator/{{ABC}} to TheWB.
* ''Series/FamilyMatters'' from ABC to CBS.
* ''Series/StepByStep'' made the ABC to CBS move at the exact same time as Family Matters. Neither lasted more than one season on the new channel.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'' from ABC to FOX ({{Lampshade|Hanging}}d: "I used to have a big show on ABC -- for about a week!") to Comedy Central to "webisodes" on the Internet (also made fun of on the first "webisode").
* ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' started on ABC in 1959 as ''Rocky and His Friends'', then moved to NBC in 1961 where it was retitled ''The Bullwinkle Show.'' It ran in prime time for two years and Saturday morning for one more. It then moved ''back'' to ABC in 1964 for eight years in reruns until it was syndicated and given the title it is now best known by. It was also syndicated in 30-minute components as ''Rocky and His Friends'' and in 15-minute components as ''The Rocky Show.''
* ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' (American) from ABC to ABC Family. Although all of its content was taped before the move, there were unaired episodes still in the can, as well as enough raw footage that the producers could create "new" shows several years after taping ended.
** The new run of the show airs on The CW.
* ''Clueless'' the TV series, moved from ABC to UPN after it's first season.
* ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' from Creator/{{ABC}} to Creator/CartoonNetwork, with 6 years or so between them. Apparently ''ReBoot'' was canceled solely because ABC was bought out by Disney, who wanted purely Disney owned programming, which Reboot did not fit. The third season was produced in syndication through Canadian channels and the US didn't get that season until Creator/CartoonNetwork picked it up two years later. Being VindicatedByReruns, that paved the way for a fourth season.
* ''The Hughleys'' moved from Creator/{{ABC}} to Creator/{{UPN}} in 2000.
* When ''Series/{{Taxi}}'' was cancelled by [=ABC=], [=NBC=] picked it up; it ran for one more season. They kept it at Thursday Nights at 9:00, and ran ads with Danny [=DeVito=] saying "[[TakeThat Same time, better station!]]"
* After ''[[Franchise/TheMuppets Muppets Tonight]]'' did bad in the ratings, the show moved to Creator/DisneyChannel.
* ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' moved from Creator/{{ABC}} to TheWB.
* Creator/AaronSorkin briefly contemplated moving ''SportsNight'' to HBO.
* ''TeamoSupremo'' started on ABC and moved to ToonDisney after OneSaturdayMorning went defunct.
* ''{{Webster}}'' moved from ABC to first-run syndication.
* ''It's a Living'' to syndication.
* ''MondayNightFootball'' moved from ABC to ESPN after NBC bought the rights to the primetime game-of-the week package and moved it to Sunday.
* ''CougarTown'' moved to Creator/{{TBS}} [[http://thefutoncritic.com/news/2012/05/10/tbs-takes-over-cougar-town-802111/20120510tbs01/ in 2013.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' began on ABC, but from September 1999 to July 2000, new episodes would air on ABC and UPN (Season three on ABC, season four on UPN). September 2000 had new episodes only premiere on ABC (Reruns would air on UPN for Disney's One Too), and in 2001, new episodes premiered on UPN (ABC still reran the series until 2005).
* ''Series/WonderWoman'' started on ABC, until the network decided it was too expensive to keep producing a historical series set in the 1940s. It was immediately picked up by CBS, who also changed the setting to the (then) modern day.
* ''Series/TheNakedTruth'' from ABC to NBC.
* ''The Wonderful World of Disney'' is an interesting case. It moved from ABC to NBC, then to CBS, back to ABC, then back to NBC, and then ABC again, though permanently this time since it's owned by Disney.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheWeekenders'', ''WesternAnimation/TeachersPet'', and ''WesternAnimation/LloydInSpace'' began on ABC, but all three shows moved to ToonDisney in 2002 once OneSaturdayMorning became ABC Kids.
* ''WesternAnimation/ClerksTheAnimatedSeries'' sadly only aired two of its six episodes on ABC following its swift cancellation. In 2003, Creator/ComedyCentral picked up the series and aired all of the episodes.
* When [[SoapOpera soap operas]] ''Series/AllMyChildren'' and ''Series/OneLifeToLive'' were canned, they attempted to move to internet syndication. However, [[ExecutiveMeddling problems with the distributor]], Prospect Park, caused both productions to shut down.
* ''Series/FamilyFeud'' began on ABC and after its cancellation was revived by CBS. Each version had a concurrent syndicated version, the second of which stayed on for a few years after CBS cancelled it. The series was revived again strictly for syndication. The two primetime ''[[CelebrityEdition Celebrity Family Feud]]'' runs were also on NBC and ABC respectively.
* ''Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'' went from ABC to syndication.
* In May of 2016, ABC cancelled ''Series/{{Nashville}}'' after four seasons. Just under a month later, Creator/{{CMT}} picked up the series for a fifth season.
* ''Series/TheBionicWoman'' moved from ABC to NBC for its third season. In a situation that remains unique for US network TV, Richard Anderson and Martin E. Brooks continued to play their characters Oscar Goldman and Rudy Wells on both ''Bionic Woman'' and the parent series, ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'', which continued to air on ABC. However, ABC would not allow Lee Majors to appear as Steve Austin on the NBC show, ending those crossovers until three reunion TV movies were later produced.
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[[folder: From CBS to...]]
* ''Tom Corbett, Space Cadet'' (based on the RobertHeinlein novel ''Literature/SpaceCadet'') is the MostTriumphantExample of this trope, having started on CBS, moved to ABC, then to NBC, ''[[UpToEleven then to]] Creator/DuMont'', then ''back'' to NBC all from 1950-1955.
* The 1950s game show ''Pantomime Quiz'' had it just as bad. It started on CBS, moved to NBC, went back to CBS, moved to [=DuMont=], went back ''again'' to CBS, then to ABC, then back '''a third time''' to CBS before finally ending its run on ABC. It along with ''Tom Corbett, Space Cadet'' enjoy the distinction of appearing on every national network available in the US at that time. A modern program would have to conduct dozens, if not hundreds of channel hops to match that today.
* ''Series/CharlesInCharge'' from CBS to syndication.
* ''Series/TheJokersWild'' and ''Series/TicTacDough'' from CBS to syndication.
* ''Series/HeeHaw'' from CBS to syndication.
* ''Search For Tomorrow'' from CBS to NBC.
* ''Edge of Night'' from CBS to ABC.
* ''Series/{{Password}}'' started on CBS, then was canceled and revived on ABC. It was canceled and revived again on NBC as ''Password Plus'', then later ''Super Password''. It came full circle back to CBS, revived as ''Million Dollar Password'' nearly 20 years after ''Super Password'' was canceled and over 40 years since ''Password'' first debuted on CBS.
* ''Series/GhostWhisperer'' was supposed to jump to ABC for the 2010-11 season but Jennifer Love Hewitt turned down an offer to return for another season so the show was canceled instead.
* ''Series/{{Flashpoint}}'' moved from CBS to Creator/{{ION}} effective October 18, 2011.
* ''Series/{{Airwolf}}'' from CBS to USANetwork for its final season.
* ''The $10,000 Series/{{Pyramid}}'' to ABC. It was later retitled ''The $20,000 Pyramid'' and returned to CBS as ''The $25,000 Pyramid.''
* ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' originated on CBS then moved to ABC in 1976. Episodes have since premiered on The WB, The CW, Creator/CartoonNetwork, and even home video.
* ''Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures'' to Fox. The new DIC-produced episodes were received so poorly that Fox replayed the far better Hanna-Barbera episodes aired the season before on CBS.
* ''Series/ForeverKnight'' started out as part of CBS's "Crime Time After Prime Time" rotation. When deals were made for Letterman to move into that timeslot, the first season was rerun for almost a second season's worth of time to keep the slot occupied. The show then moved to syndication for its second season, and to a rare combination of airing in syndication *and* on USA for a third season.
** Many fans came to regret that third season seal, as USA reportedly demanded younger cast members be added and focused on, to the detriment of the established cast. (Jon Kapelos stated at the time that *he* left because from the original pilot to the end of the second season, he'd been playing his character for six years and wanted a change.)
* ''Series/{{Supergirl 2015}}'' moved from CBS to the CW for its second season, and filming moved from Los Angeles to Vancouver.
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[[folder: From NBC to...]]
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'' from Creator/{{NBC}} to Creator/{{CBS}}, where it ran for nine more seasons and [[SpinOff spun off]] the even more successful ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' (and the rest is history).
* ''Series/{{Baywatch}}'' from NBC to syndication (like ''JAG'' above, a rare instance where the series took off ''after'' its ChannelHop).
* The early game show ''Masquerade Party'' may hold the record for most channel hops. It started on NBC, then it moved to CBS. After a brief hiatus, it returned to CBS, then it moved to ABC, returned to NBC, moved to CBS, then it went back ''again'' to NBC, then back ''yet again'' to CBS before ending its run on NBC. Fourteen years later, it was revived for one season in syndication.
* ''{{Series/Concentration}}'' from NBC to syndication.
** Then later, back to NBC.
* ''Series/DiffrentStrokes'' from NBC to ABC for its final season.
* ''Series/ForYourLove'' from NBC to TheWB.
* ''Series/InTheHeatOfTheNight'', from NBC to CBS for the last two seasons and four [[MadeForTVMovie movies]].
* ''Series/TheHoganFamily'', from NBC to CBS in its final season.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' moved from NBC to ABC in 2008. Apparently some people were confused because ABC owned the show anyway, so it was a strange instance of being owned by one network and aired by another (see also ''Series/CarolineInTheCity'', which though shown on NBC was made by CBS Productions).
* ''Series/{{Medium}}'' from NBC to CBS in September 2009, cozied between ''Series/GhostWhisperer'' and ''Series/{{Numb3rs}}''; before it moved, it was the last CBS-produced show that wasn't on CBS or TheCW (which CBS owns half of).
* ''Series/{{Passions}}'' and ''Series/FridayNightLights'' both went from NBC to The 101 on [=DirecTV=] (a US satellite provider, for those non-US tropers here).
* ''Series/GetSmart'' moved from NBC to CBS for its fifth and final season.
* ''Series/TheSnorks'' was on NBC for two seasons. After a year-long hiatus, it jumped to syndication for two more.
* ''Series/{{Southland}}'' from NBC to TNT.
* ''Late Night With Creator/DavidLetterman'' went from NBC to CBS in 1994, but because NBC owned the rights to the "Late Night" name and intellectual property, the show was renamed ''Late Show With David Letterman''. In the early years, ''Late Show'' was very similar to ''Late Night'', but as Letterman grew into the timeslot, the show began to emulate the Johnny Carson-era ''Tonight Show''.
* ''I'll Fly Away'' had a MadeForTVMovie produced for Creator/{{PBS}} after cancellation by NBC.
* ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'''s seventh season was its first after moving to [=USA=].
* What do ''WesternAnimation/RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheLittleDrummerBoy'' have in common? They were all Creator/RankinBassProductions specials that aired originally on NBC, and their rebroadcasts all moved on to other networks when NBC lost the licenses to the specials. ''Rudolph'' would move to CBS in 1972 and remains there to this day, while ''The Little Drummer Boy'' moved to CBS in 1985, to ABC in 1989, and finally to ABC Family (now Freeform) in 2006.[[note]]At one point, General Electric (who became the parent company of NBC in 1986) held the rights to these specials, but ''Saturday Night Live'' creator Lorne Michaels bought the library from GE two years later. The pre-1974 catalog would change hands over the years before ultimately ending up with Creator/DreamWorksAnimation, through their 2012 purchase of Classic Media. The library from 1974-onwards is owned by Creator/WarnerBros[[/note]]\\\
However, NBC got the last laugh in the end. Come 2016, and [=NBCUniversal=] reached a deal to acquire both specials' rights-holders, [=DreamWorks=] Animation. Thus, not only does NBC ''own'' the rights to these specials along with other pre-1974 R-B works, but [[TheDogBitesBack CBS and Freeform were put in a situation that could lead to them losing the broadcast rights to these specials along with every other pre-1974 Rankin/Bass special they may have as well]].
* ''SilverSpoons'' and ''PunkyBrewster'' both jumped from NBC to syndication (both shows, along with Creator/{{ABC}} to Creator/{{CBS}} jumper ''Series/FamilyMatters'', were produced by David Duclon). In the case of ''Punky'', the move was a lot more complicated (see "Production Company Examples")
* ''Creator/ConanOBrien'' from NBC to TBS after some serious ExecutiveMeddling.
* ''The Father Dowling Mysteries'' from NBC to ABC.
* ''Series/TheGhostAndMrsMuir'' from NBC to ABC.
* ''The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd'' from NBC to Creator/{{Lifetime}}.
* ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' (original version) and ''Missing Links'' to ABC.
* ''Series/MatchGame'' landed on CBS four years after NBC canceled it, had a syndicated daily edition in 1979 (a nighttime edition ran concurrently and started in 1975), then it reappeared on NBC in 1983 as ''The Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour,'' then on ABC in 1990 as simply ''Match Game'', and then another syndicated edition appeared in 1998.
* ''You Don't Say!'' was rebooted for ABC six years after NBC dropped it.
* ''Series/MamasFamily'' went to first-run syndication after one year on NBC.
* The daytime version of ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' moved from NBC (where it began in 1975) to CBS in 1989, then back to NBC for a few more months in 1991 before it was canceled. (The current syndicated version began in 1983.)
* ''Series/{{Community}}'' from NBC to the Internet ([[Website/{{Yahoo}} Yahoo! Screen]]) after season 5.
* ''Hallmark Hall of Fame'' started airing on NBC in 1951, then the network cancelled it in 1978 and the program alternated with ABC and CBS for the next 36 years. However in the summer of 2014, it was announced that the series would end its run on broadcast television and would become a Hallmark Channel original program.
* ''Series/UnbreakableKimmySchmidt'' was picked up by NBC for the 2015 midseason, then suddenly hopped to Netflix when it was offered a two full-season deal from the get-go. Though it's not quite the trope since this happened before the show even began production.
* The Miss USA Pageant, which was broadcast on NBC for many years, moved to the Reelz Channel (on cable) starting in July 2015 after [=NBCUniversal=] cut ties with the pageant's owner, Donald Trump, over derogatory comments he made towards Mexican immigrants. After the Miss Universe Organization was sold to talent agency William Morris Endeavor, Fox picked up Miss USA.
* ''Film/{{Fame}}'' from NBC to first-run syndication after season 2. Ironically, only the NBC seasons have been released on DVD to this day.
* The US versions of ''Series/TheWeakestLink'' and ''Series/DealOrNoDeal'' went from NBC to syndication.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Underdog}}'' ran for two seasons on NBC, then two seasons on CBS, then went immediately back to NBC for reruns. The belated final season also aired on NBC.
* The daytime version of ''Series/LetsMakeADeal'' moved from NBC to ABC. Later on in the ABC run, the series had a weekly syndicated version which would be revived twice after the network show went off the air. Two brief revivals were tried on NBC before CBS picked it up.
* ''Series/{{Matlock}}'' from NBC to ABC starting with its seventh season.
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[[folder: From FOX to...]]
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', after airing in reruns on G4, was uncancelled after three seasons, and its fourth season premiered worldwide on Creator/{{Netflix}} in 2013, with another season set to premiere in winter 2016.
** It was evidently ''trying'' to hop to a cable network after [[ScrewedByTheNetwork abuse by the execs at Fox]], as evidenced (and {{Jossed}}) by this veiled joke in Season Three:
-->'''George Bluth, Sr.:''' Well, I don't think the Home Builders Organization is going to be supporting us.
-->'''Michael Bluth:''' No, the [[FunWithAcronyms HBO's]] not gonna want us. What do we do now?
-->'''George Sr.:''' Well, I think it's Creator/{{Showtime}} ... we have to have a show during dinner.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' is an interesting example. From {{Fox}} to Creator/AdultSwim was only reruns, but it was then picked up by Creator/ComedyCentral, which then aired new episodes.
* ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' from {{Fox}} to the [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci-Fi Channel]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' from FoxKids to TheWB when the latter first formed. Lampshaded in several of the earliest promotional spots for the block.
* ''PowerRangers'' from FoxKids to both ABC & Jetix (on both ABC Family & ToonDisney). Then another move, as of 2011, to both {{Nickelodeon}} & Nicktoons. In 2012, Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy reruns appeared on TheCW as part of the network's short-lived Vortexx block.
* When [[Creator/FourKidsEntertainment 4Kids]] acquired the CW's Saturday morning airtime, ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' (2003) and ''VideoGame/DinosaurKing'' moved their premieres over there.
* ''GroundedForLife'' from Fox to TheWB.
* ''Series/AmericasMostWanted'' went to Creator/{{Lifetime}} beginning Dec. 2, 2011, after Fox canceled the show for a second time. Fox continues to air quarterly specials.
* ''Series/{{Bridezillas}}'' began as a special on Fox and spent some time on the New York-only MSG Metro Network before finding its current home at WE (where it became AdoredByTheNetwork).
* ''{{Series/COPS}}'', from Fox to Creator/SpikeTV, starting in the fall of 2013.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' goes to TBS starting in the fall of 2014.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' from Fox Box (later [[Creator/FourKidsEntertainment 4KidsTV]]) to Creator/CartoonNetwork. Partway through their broadcast, 4Kids just stopped airing the series on their block (alegedly due to content restrictions). The remaining 4Kids dubbed episodes later aired on {{Toonami}}, leading to the eventual Creator/FUNimation dub. In 2013, the Creator/FUNimation-dubbed episodes returned to premiering Toonami, now a part of Creator/AdultSwim.
* ''Series/TheMindyProject'' from Fox to Creator/{{Hulu}} for the fourth season.
* ''Animation Domination HD'' moved from FOX, where it was cancelled in June of 2014, to FXX, though FOX still airs a version of the block that is 100% reruns of previous shows and segments.
* ''Hole in the Wall'' from Fox to Creator/CartoonNetwork.
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[[folder: From The WB / The CW to...]]
[-In addition to the listed examples, all shows retained by Creator/TheCW after the WB/UPN merger switched stations in some markets, as The CW inherited stations from both UPN and The WB.-]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' moved from Creator/TheWB to Creator/{{UPN}} after its fifth season. This temporarily put a halt to crossovers with its spinoff ''Series/{{Angel}}'', which remained on The WB.
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'' left The WB at the end of the first season and went to Canada's Creator/{{Teletoon}} and Creator/CartoonNetwork in the U.S at the same time.
* ''Series/{{Roswell}}'' moved from TheWB to {{UPN}} after its second season, at the same time as ''Buffy''.
* ''WesternAnimation/MissionHill'', ''WesternAnimation/TheOblongs'', and ''WesternAnimation/BabyBlues,'' respectively. Only eight of each series' single 13-episode seasons [[note]](although ''Baby Blues'' has a second season which remains unaired to this day)[[/note]] aired on The WB. Thanks to managerial changes following the AOL Time Warner merger which caused the Turner networks to "play nice" with The WB, Creator/AdultSwim managed to air the remaining episodes of each series in 2002.
* ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'' moved from Kids' WB and Creator/CartoonNetwork to DisneyXD when it was revived as ''XiaolinChronicles''. This is due to production relocating to Canada in addition to change of studios from Warner Bros. Animation to [=ActionFilks=] Media Corp/Genao Productions along with most cast members being replaced as well (with the notable exceptions being TaraStrong, who voiced Omi and JenniferHale, who voiced Katnappe). Not only that, the Shen Gong Wu had to be renamed as a result of relocation due to Warner Bros. still owning the names of them from ''Showdown''.
** Averted in the UK and Ireland as ''Chronicles'' aired on Cartoon Network, like its predecessor.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' moved from Kids' WB to Creator/CartoonNetwork beginning with the ninth season ("Battle Frontier). The hop was simultaneous with the replacement of the voice cast.
** Starting with the back-to-back premieres of the 19th movie and the ''Sun and Moon'' season, the dub will move to Creator/DisneyXD on December 5, 2016.
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[[folder: From a Cable Channel to...]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' from Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} to Disney's Creator/{{ABC}}.
* This happens with a lot of sister/parent networks, as they often show the same shows at the same time. ''WesternAnimation/KappaMikey'' was produced solely for Nicktoons Network, but because it was controlled by their larger parent network Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}, new episodes sometimes premiered there first. When episodes stopped airing on Nick but continued on Nicktoons, some took this to mean it was canceled. It never had a consistent airing schedule either, and time will tell if it gets syndicated somewhere else.
* ''Wrestling/WWERaw'' from USA to TNN/Spike TV, and then back to USA.
** ''Wrestling/WWESmackDown'' itself network hopped, from {{UPN}} to Creator/TheCW, then to Creator/MyNetworkTV, and again to Creator/{{Syfy}}. The show hopped yet again in January 2016, this time to the USANetwork, meaning that both major weekly primetime WWE series are on the same network.
** ''Sunday Night HEAT'' went from USA to MTV, then it joined Raw on Spike tv for a few years before becoming an international and internet only show for the last years of its life.
* ''Wrestling/{{TNA}} Impact'' went from Fox Sports Net to a brief period of being WebOriginal to Creator/SpikeTV to Destination America to Pop.
* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'' also moved from Showtime to the Sci-Fi channel for it's seventh and final season. (The producers of ''SG-1'' were already known for the 90s Outer Limits when the show started)
* ''Series/ProjectRunway'' moved from Bravo to Creator/{{Lifetime}} after the fifth season.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Sixteen}}'', in America, had a brief stint on Nickelodeon before being booted over to Creator/CartoonNetwork.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars''. As a result of Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm, fans speculated that the show was going to do this from Creator/CartoonNetwork to Creator/DisneyXD beginning in the sixth season, but it was instead released on Creator/{{Netflix}}.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', from Naruto on Creator/CartoonNetwork to ''Naruto Shippuden'' on Creator/DisneyXD and then, to much rejoicing, Creator/AdultSwim.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' is a rather odd example. From the second season onward, new episodes moved from Creator/DisneyChannel to Creator/DisneyXD, however it still airs regularly on the former which still treats it as its own series and airs [[BlatantLies brand new]] episodes anywhere from a week to a month after its sister network.
** As of the fourth season, [[MindScrew new episodes premiere on Disney Channel first yet again]].
*** Later on in the fourth season (which itself is somewhat vague as it actually stretches across multiple calendar years) ''Phineas and Ferb'' returned to DisneyXD premieres and is advertised as a DisneyXD series when it's aired on Disney Channel.
** ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOnDeck'' is officially considered a Disney Channel series, but episodes actually premiered on DisneyXD.
* ''Damages'' from FX to The 101 on [=DirecTV=].
* ''{{Madeline}}'' from HBO to The Family Channel (now Creator/ABCFamily) to Creator/{{ABC}} to Creator/DisneyChannel. It then moved to CBS' KOL Secret Slumber Party slot.
* American broadcasts of ''Series/DoctorWho'' moved from Creator/{{Syfy}} to [[Creator/TheBBC BBC America]] (who had repeat rights previously) after New Series 4.
* American broadcasts of ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' moved from Creator/{{Syfy}} to Starz with the Starz co-produced ''[[Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay Miracle Day]]''. Starz saw a big subscriber jump as a result of the move.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' moved from Showtime to the Sci-Fi Channel after its fifth season.
* ''Series/NashvilleStar'' hopped from Creator/USANetwork to Creator/{{NBC}} for its sixth and final season.
* In Mexico, ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' channel hopped from Cartoon Network to Boomerang. This is technically a minor example since Boomerang is usually where old Cartoon Network shows end up, and both channels are owned by Time-Warner.
* The American rights to broadcast the English Premier League went from a joint venture between ESPN and Fox to [=NBCUniversal=], beginning with the 2013 season. Most matches are shown on the NBC Sports network, with a few shown on NBC proper, and Spanish language on Telemundo.
* ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'', ''TheLeague'', ''{{Legit}}'', and ''Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell'' will all make the hop from [=FX=] to its new comedy-oriented spinoff channel [=FXX=] in Fall 2013. While it's understandable that [=FX=] wants to spruce up hype about the new channel, it's rather rare to see so many shows from one channel leave for another, let alone seeing all of them end up at the same destination. [[http://www.tv.com/news/fx-renews-the-league-legit-and-its-always-sunny-in-philadelphia-all-three-shows-will-move-to-its-new-sister-network-fxx-136448148389/ Read more about it here.]]
** After that, ''Series/{{Wilfred}}'' and ''Series/YoureTheWorst'' were moved from [=FX=] to [=FXX=].
*** As will ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' in 2016.
* In America, ''WesternAnimation/{{Braceface}}'' went from Creator/ABCFamily (Which was still known as Fox Family when the first few episodes premieres) to Creator/DisneyChannel.
* ''TotallySpies'' from Creator/ABCFamily to Creator/CartoonNetwork after the second season. The same thing happened in South East Asia, where it aired on Creator/DisneyChannel then moved to Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} in the 2010's.
* ''DigimonFusion'' will now be premiering on Nicktoons after Nickelodeon tried the show, and gave up after two episodes.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' aired on Creator/TheHub Network until the channel was bought back by Discovery from Hasbro and rebranded into Discovery Family. ''Prime'''s sequel series, ''WesternAnimation/TransformersRobotsInDisguise'', will instead premiere on Cartoon Network. The companion series ''Rescue Bots'' and reruns of the original Generation 1 cartoon still air on Discovery Family.
* ''[[Anime/DragonBallKai Dragon Ball Z Kai]]'' went from airing on Nicktoons to Creator/AdultSwim's Creator/{{Toonami}}, which had the fortunate side-effect of reversing much of the censorship.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'', from its sneak preview on Creator/DisneyChannel, to its official airing on its sister network DisneyXD.
** After its first season, ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' moved premieres to DisneyXD.
** These moves were most likely because Disney Channel's highest-rated shows are live-action "teencoms", and the animated series would take away timeslots from them.
* In Asia, ''WesternAnimation/CliffordTheBigRedDog'' and ''Series/SesameStreet'' started out on Hallmark Channel Asia in the early 2000s. Then the channel got screwed when NBC pulled out of the deal. However they've since found a new home on Playhouse Disney Asia (however ''Clifford'' got screwed when they changed over to Disney Junior Asia).
* Around 2014-15, Cartoon Network began moving multiple shows off-network (even shows that hadn't premiered yet) in order to free up timeslots to show reruns of their newest cash-cow ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'':
** Upcoming ''Looney Tunes'' and ''Scooby-Doo'' series were moved to Boomerang, causing much backlash since Comcast cable customers don't get the channel. Reruns of the original ''Looney Tunes/Merry Melodies'' shorts, as well as the original ''Tom and Jerry'' shorts, also moved off-network to Boomerang, but in this case, they were already airing on the network. However, Cartoon Network eventually changed their mind on having ''[[WesternAnimation/WabbitALooneyTunesProduction Wabbit]]'' and ''WesternAnimation/BeCoolScoobyDoo'' to be Boomerang-exclusive as the former airs on both Cartoon Network and Boomerang, rejoicing many fans and the latter to air on Cartoon Network, though averted in UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand as Boomerang airs both series in those countries. ''Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies'' and ''Tom and Jerry'' shorts also stayed on CN.
*** Not helping is that ''Teen Titans GO!'' also airs on Boomerang.
** ''[[WesternAnimation/DragonsRidersOfBerk DreamWorks Dragons]]'' moved online to Netflix for its third season (another [=DreamWorks=]-made series, ''Puss in Boots'', already streams on Netflix, so this move at least has some precedent).
* ''Manga/CrayonShinChan'' first aired on Creator/{{UPN}}, before it aired on many other networks for syndication and new episodes.
* ''{{Series/Overhaulin}}'' originally aired on TLC from 2004 to 2008. The series was UnCancelled on sister channel Velocity four years later.
* ''WesternAnimation/HarryAndHisBucketFullOfDinosaurs'' moved from Cartoon Network to Qubo in the US.
* ''Series/DoubleDare1986'' briefly tried a spinoff on the Fox Network called ''Family Double Dare'' before producing their own on Nickelodeon.
* The pilot episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheGetAlongGang'' aired on Nickelodeon. The series itself would later be picked up by CBS.
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[[folder: From ITV to...]]
* ''Series/The Price Is Right UK" Went From ITV To Sky1, Then Back To ITV And Currently Airs On Challege.
* ''Series/AufWiedersehenPet'' went from ITV (in the 1980s) to the BBC (the 2000s revival).
* Not a true Channel Hop, but ''Series/RandallAndHopkirkDeceased'', a 1960s ITV show, was remade in 2000 as ''Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased)'' by the BBC.
* The Broadcast Rights of ''Batfink'', ''Dangermouse'', ''Pinky and the Brain'', ''Rugrats'', ''Scooby-Doo'', ''Taz Mania'', ''Tom and Jerry Kids'', ''Tots TV'', ''Uncle Max'' and ''Yoko! Tokamoto! Toto'' since 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010 have moved from ITV to the BBC.
** Similarly ''University Challenge'' is an ITV show that (after moving to [[Creator/{{Channel4}} Channel 4]] for a while) was revived on the BBC (all versions produced by the ITV company Granada. Granada's production department is now [2014] part of ITV Studios, so the VanityPlate reads "ITV Studios production for BBC").
* ''Series/MenBehavingBadly'' first appeared on ITV, but was dropped by them after two series due to disappointing ratings and Harry Enfield having left after the first series. It wasn't until the BBC got it and transmitted it in a later slot that it became a massive hit.
* RonnieBarker's ''Hark at Barker'' on ITV had a more-or-less direct sequel, ''His Lordship Entertains'', on the BBC, featuring the same cast. Unfortunately ''[[MissingEpisode His Lordship Entertains]]'' [[MissingEpisode was wiped]] (though the scripts have appeared in a book by Barker).
* ''Series/HillStreetBlues'' and ''Series/ScarecrowAndMrsKing'' were let go by ITV, but picked up by Channel 4.
* ''Series/UpstairsDownstairs'' was originally an ITV show that is now receiving a modern BBC sequel.
* ''Blockbusters'' moved from ITV to Sky One, to BBC 2, back to Sky, and is now on Challenge.
* ''WesternAnimation/MagicAdventuresOfMumfie'' aired its' first thirteen episodes on Creator/{{CITV}}, then aired 66 new episodes on NickJr's [=UK=] channel four years later.
* In its original run on British TV, ''Series/MissionImpossible'' went from ITV to [=BBC1=].
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[[folder: From The BBC to...]]
* ''Western Animation/The Simpsons'' Moved From BBC1 To BBC2 To Channel 4
* BBC Two's ''Series/RedDwarf'' was put on hold during DevelopmentHell of TheMovie but eventually after a surprise ratings success of reruns on the channel Dave -- in 2009 the channel aired a three-part Easter Special ''Back to Earth''. A new six-part series, ''Red Dwarf X'', began airing on Dave on 4 October 2012.
* ''Series/TheGoodies'' was dropped by the BBC in 1981 and was picked up by London Weekend Television (now ITV London).
* UsefulNotes/FormulaOne had always been on the BBC until it was sold to ITV, until it went back onto the BBC and was in turn sold to Sky Sports. Technically they are currently split between the two, but the terrestrial rights moved to Channel 4.
** On the other side of the pond, after being on SPEED Channel for many years, F1's moved to the NBC Sports Network.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpotTheDog'' went from Creator/TheBBC's Creator/CBeebies to ITV's cITV.
* The first four seasons of ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' aired on [=BBC4=]; the rest of the series moved to Dave.
* ''WesternAnimation/CliffordTheBigRedDog'' went from Creator/TheBBC's Creator/CBeebies to Tiny Pop.
* Both ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' and ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' moved from [=BBC3=] to [=ITV2=] (the former's second UK ChannelHop, as it used to be on Channel 4).
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[[folder: From Syndication to...]]
* Wrestling/{{WW|E}}F Superstars (distributed in Canada as Maple Leaf Wrestling, also the name of a Toronto-based promotion purchased by the WWF in 1984) was on in syndication for about a decade before it hoped over to Sunday morning on the Creator/USANetwork to replace Action Zone. It would hope one again five years later when WWF moved all their programs to Viacom channels and it landed on TNN for about a year before it was canceled. The show later had a {{revival}} on yet another network, WGNAmerica, where it stayed for 2 years but its contract was not renewed, it is currently being aired only in overseas markets and is streamed online.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' did four seasons in syndication before TNT ponied up the ''caysh'' for a fifth season ''plus ALL those TV movies (including the ReCut PilotMovie''. It later made it to Sci Fi, which is the channel responsible for the first ''widescreen'' presentation (which eventually made it the format used on the DVD's.
* Oddly, ''Series/BeakmansWorld'' from UsefulNotes/{{syndication}} to CBS.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Trollz}}'' and the animated ''Sabrina'' both went from syndication to CBS (though this had to do with CBS's block renter DiC needing [[AnAesop educational]] programming for said block).
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' moved from syndication to FoxKids in Fall 1992, after which they added [[BitingTheHandHumor "The Fox network executives" as a new pair of villains]].
-->'''Buster:''' It could be worse. We could be stuck on [[{{Creator/NBC}} the Peacock Network]].
* The ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime franchise spent its first half-season in Fall 1998 in syndication, then was picked up by Creator/KidsWB in early 1999, where it remained until [[Creator/FourKidsEntertainment 4Kids]]' rights to the show ended in 2006.
** New episodes of the show were then handed over to CartoonNetwork by Pokemon USA, who had been previously running reruns of the show for years. The original series aired in reruns on Creator/{{Boomerang}}, while Cartoon Network continued to play new episodes of the current series.
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'' started out in syndication in 1995, but only the first 65 episodes were shown before the show went into re-runs and was ultimately pulled. It was then picked up for cable by Turner Broadcasting and spent a few months being re-shown on Creator/USANetwork before it was moved to Creator/CartoonNetwork's ''Creator/{{Toonami}}'' action block where it found new life, and premiered 94 new episodes, and 3 movies.
** Also, a few early (and non-consecutive) S episodes were shown on Creator/TheWB's Creator/{{Toonami}} block before they were pulled after 9/11 (although this was supposedly a coincidence).
* The original ''Manga/DragonBall'' series was in syndication for only 13 episodes in 1995 before it was canceled. It was eventually picked up by ''Creator/{{Toonami}}'' in 2001 ([[DuelingDubs with an all new English dub]]), due to the success of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', where it ended up finishing its 153 episode run.
** ''Dragon Ball Z'' itself began in weekly syndication in 1996 before Creator/CartoonNetwork famously picked it up and added it to its Toonami block in 1998, where it finished and was in reruns for almost ten years. In addition, TheWB's Saturday morning Toonami block premiered the Garlic Jr. Saga episodes in the Summer of 2000 before they were rerun in Cartoon Network.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' from syndication to ABC; {{ReTool}}ed as ''Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles''. But [[FanonDiscontinuity the fans like to think]] ''[[FanonDiscontinuity The Goliath Chronicles]]'' [[FanonDiscontinuity never happened]]. So does the creator, who declared it non-canon.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}'' (1987 version): went from syndication to CBS in 1990.
* ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'' had a brief run on CBS in 1992 after runs in syndication and Nickelodeon.
* ''WesternAnimation/DennisTheMenace'' had two new seasons on CBS after its first season aired in syndication.
* The ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'' cartoons are an interesting case. The first adaptation, ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' aired in syndication and the two subsequent series, ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfSuperMarioBros3'' and ''WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld'' aired on NBC.
* ''WesternAnimation/OneHundredAndOneDalmatiansTheSeries'' had an interesting example: it was syndicated ''and'' shown on ABC's OneSaturdayMorning at the same time!
* Possibly the first instance of this trope, ''WesternAnimation/QuickDrawMcGraw'' premiered in syndication in 1959 before becoming part of CBS's Saturday morning lineup in 1963.
* ''Series/MisterEd'' spent its first half-year in syndication before Creator/{{CBS}} picked up the series.
* The 2003 ''WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake'' started out by being syndicated out to TheCW, before the first three seasons found a home in CBS on its Kewlopolis block. Then came the 4-way Creator/DiC-Creator/MoonScoop-Creator/AmericanGreetings-Creator/CookieJar lawsuit, which left the show in a horrible limbo for a couple of years before all four seasons were finally picked up by Creator/{{Kabillion}}.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends'', the first animated series based on the ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' toyline premiered in syndication in 1986. Next came ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales'' which aired on Creator/DisneyChannel in 1992. It would be another [[SequelGap eighteen years]] before a new animated series based on ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' would air on television, this one being ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' on Creator/TheHub Network (currently Discovery Family).
* The entire ''Franchise/CareBears'' franchise has aired across multiple networks in the US. ''WesternAnimation/CareBears1980s'' started out being syndicated before it's reruns ended up on Disney. The subsequent series, ''WesternAnimation/CareBearsAdventuresInCareALot'', also started out being on CBS' Kewlopolis slot before being moved to Kabillion. ''WesternAnimation/CareBearsWelcomeToCareALot'' then jumped to Creator/TheHub alongside Hasbro's acquisition of the toy rights for the franchise, where the franchise promptly got mistreated, and then rescued by Creator/{{Netflix}}, who commissioned a sequel series, ''WesternAnimation/CareBearsAndCousins''
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[[folder: Other...]]
* Most Franchise/{{Gundam}} series aired in native Japan on Creator/TVAsahi until Anime/AfterWarGundamX. Anime/TurnAGundam was aired on Fuji TV instead. From Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED onwards, the main Gundam series aired on Creator/TokyoBroadcastingSystem and/or Mainichi Broadcasting System; its Gunpla-based spin-off series, Anime/GundamBuildFighters and Anime/GundamBuildFightersTry aired on TV Tokyo instead, as well as the SD Gundam titles Anime/SDGundamForce and BB Senshi Sangokuden: Brave Battle Warriors. The TV edition of Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn, named ''Mobile Suit Gundam UC RE:0096'' aired on TV Asahi.
* Of the pre-TV variety; WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat was originally made by the Pat Sullivan studio and distributed by at least five different companies (Paramount, Winkler, Educational, First National and Copley Pictures). By 1936, Creator/VanBeurenStudios licensed the character for their cartoon studio, and for that brief period they were distributed by Creator/RKORadioPictures.
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' from independent KTMA in the UsefulNotes/TwinCities (now Creator/TheCW affiliate WUCW) to Creator/ComedyCentral to [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci-Fi Channel]].
** Similarly, ''Series/OffBeatCinema'' from WKBW in [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkState Buffalo, New York]] to WBBZ and the Retro Television Network.
* ''{{Neighbours}}'' from the Creator/SevenNetwork (for one season) to Creator/NetworkTen. In January 2011 it then switched from Ten to its secondary channel Eleven.
* Venezuelan TalentShow ''Cuanto Vale El Show'' began in Venezolana de Television as a segment of ''Fantastico'' a variety show, then it hopped to RCTV, a full program, and then it landed in Venevision. All the versions of the show were produced and host by its creator, Guillermo González; he eventually got tired and left showbusiness to fund his own network, just before Musical Realities like the ''X Got Talent'' series and the ''Idol'' series emerged in English-speaking countries.
* From a neighbor country, Brazil, sitcom ''Sai de Baixo'' ran for six years in Rede Globo. In 2013 it got a four-episode revival on its cable subsidiary Canal Viva, where one of the characters even [[MediumAwareness lampshaded]]: "We couldn't get a break for five seasons in broadcast prime time! What makes you think that in paid TV will be any different?"
* In Britain, the first two seasons of ''TotallySpies'' were shown on Channel 4, often in the early hours of the morning with little publicity. It moved to ITV from season 3 who aired at more respectable times of the morning with more publicity.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' was originally aired on [=NTV7=] in Malaysia with Malay subtitles. By the time of ''Master Quest'' (season 5) the show moved to tv9 and was now dubbed. Slightly subverted is that both channels are owned by the same parent company (Media Prima).
* In Malaysia, ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' moved from [=TV3=] to [=NTV7=]. Like the Pokmemon example above, slightly subverted is that both channels are owned by the same parent company (Media Prima owns [=TV3, NTV7, 8TV and TV9=]).
** And while we're dealing with the Winx, they've had several homes in the UK: GMTV (ITV), Nickelodeon UK, and most recently Pop Girl. (Also, see below.)
** In Australia, they didn't just hop between channels (from Creator/NetworkTen and Cartoon Network to Boomerang), they also hopped dubs for season 4 (necessitated by 4Kids not having the rights to dub that season).
** Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}'s acquirement of the ''Winx'' property will necessitate a ChannelHop in several countries where Winx wasn't already on Nick. (And indeed it moved from Pop Girl ''back'' to Nick in the UK -- see above.)
* Don't forget Anime/{{Doraemon}}, which went from [=RTM1=] for the pre-2005 revamp episodes to [=NTV7=] for the post-2005 revamp episodes. Unlike the Pokemon and Winx Club examples, this one is this trope played straight as RTM and Media Prima are competitors (RTM is government-run while Media Prima is a private conglomerate).
* Series/BarneyAndFriends: Good grief. The show has practically been shown on every single network in Malaysia except 8TV (which has almost no children programming anyway since it was relaunched, it's former incarnation as [=MetroVision=] did air children programming) throughout its entire run in Malaysia, and then some (Astro's Ceria, and then Playhouse Disney, before finally settling down in HiTEntertainment's own channel, [=JimJam=]--which is only available over cable provider ABN).
* WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake and Franchise/CareBears in Asia: Both went from Playhouse Disney Asia to Boomerang Asia, and then later to Cartoonito Asia thanks to [[ExecutiveMeddling Hasbro's meddling]] (which also caused the shows to become unavailable in a lot of parts of Asia) when Boomerang Asia was split into Toonami Asia and Cartoonito Asia. And then both went back to Boomerang Asia when Cartoonito Asia was retooled back to Boomerang Asia (Toonami Asia is still broadcasting separately in the region).
* All of the shows on Creator/TheCW's first season hopped over from Creator/TheWB and Creator/{{UPN}}, except for ''Runaway'' and ''The Game''. Depending on the market, some shows may not have really hopped at all (if the former WB or UPN station landed a CW affiliation).
** ''The Game'' has since hopped to BET.
* ''Series/ThreeSheets'' started on HD channel MOJO HD before it closed. Fine Living Network picked it up for its fourth season, where it obtained AdoredByTheNetwork status until ''that'' channel was rebranded into Cooking Channel. The show then hopped to co-owned Travel Channel briefly, then to Creator/SpikeTV before its run ended in 2011.
* ''Series/ThankGodYoureHere'' in Australia moved from Channels Ten to Seven.
* Series/{{Rove}} (also Australian) moved after its first year from the Creator/NineNetwork to Creator/NetworkTen.
* ''Series/HolmesOnHomes'' was the only show with a pulse on the US Discovery Home network. When Discovery decided to make that network Planet Green and mothball the entire Discovery Home lineup, HGTV quickly snapped up Holmes for their own channel; an easy call as HGTV '''UsefulNotes/{{Canada}}''' is actually the one that produces the show. It got a timeslot upgrade to Sunday evenings and continues to do just fine for HGTV, and [[TakeThat outlived Planet Green]], which became the American-centric Destination America on Memorial Day 2012.
* ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies'' from Creator/{{UPN}} to Creator/AdultSwim.
* ''Jail'' from MyNetworkTV to Creator/SpikeTV.
* ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam'' moved from syndication in the Netherlands to their Nicktoons (the channel) branch, however subtitled now instead of dubbed.
* ''Series/TheHitchhiker'' from HBO to USA.
* ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' made its British debut on Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}, but only the first three seasons were shown (and were prone to being censored); it later moved to the Hallmark Channel (where seasons four and five premiered) and ultimately to Channel 4 (which has shown all seven seasons).
* Unlike many imported series dropped by Channel 5 -- and there are ''many'': ''Series/ThirtyRock'', ''Series/{{JAG}}''[[note]](but not the spinoffs, which have AdoredByTheNetwork status)[[/note]], ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' and so on (basically any American series that isn't a law enforcement show or doesn't have ''CSI'' in the title) -- ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' found another terrestrial home for its final season, moving to Channel 4 (repeats of the earlier seasons have since aired on sister channel E4).
** ''Series/OnceUponATime'', dropped after the first two seasons, was eventually taken by Netflix UK in 2015, with said first two seasons and every episode thereafter on the streaming service.
* In the UK both ''Series/HannahMontana'' and ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' moved from Channel 5 to ITV, while ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' went in the other direction, following after Viacom's acquisition of Channel 5.
* ''Series/ThePractice'' was on ITV, the BBC and SkyOne.
* The first two seasons of ''Series/VeronicaMars'' were on Living, but the third and final season was on Trouble.
* Although Creator/DavidLetterman has a cult following in Britain, ''Late Show With David Letterman'' has run on four different channels -- Creator/{{Sky}} One, [[Creator/ComedyCentral Paramount Comedy Channel]], [[Creator/{{ITV}} ITV4]] and Diva TV - and never lasted longer than a year on any of them. (If you count [[Creator/TheBBC BBC2]] running the episodes for the week the show was in London -- his only appearance on British terrestrial television to date -- he's been on five.)
* The first season of ''Series/GhostWhisperer'' was on E4, but from season two it was shown on Living (a better fit, given that Living is known for running ghost-themed shows like ''Most Haunted'').
* ''You Don't Say!'' (NBC), ''Seven Keys'' (ABC), and ''Beat The Odds'' (syndication) all began as local shows in Los Angeles before going national.
** ''ThePriceIsRight'' started on local New York City TV in 1954 as ''The Sky's The Limit.''
** The show famously known as ''Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee'', and currently known as ''Live! with Kelly and Michael'' was originally a weekday morning news and lifestyle show on ABC flagship station WABC-TV in New York that Regis Philbin co-hosted and which debuted in 1983. Sister station WLS-TV is Chicago is where ''TheOprahWinfreyShow'' debuted as a similar local show before it became a similar nationally syndicated talk show, debuting in 1984.
* ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'' and ''The Bold And The Beautiful'' both jumped from Creator/ChannelFive to cable channels -- ''SunsetBeach'' notwithstanding, American daytime soaps (unlike [[Series/{{Dallas}} their]] [[{{Dynasty}} nighttime]] [[Series/DesperateHousewives counterparts]]) have never had much success in Britain.
* In Britain ''PrettyLittleLiars'' moved from Viva to the sister channel {{MTV}} thanks to Viva beginning the series a few months after it launched on ABC Family (the series premiered in June 2010 in the US, and in October of the same year in Britain) and falling afoul of its long mid-season gap; by the time the series began again from the beginning on MTV in 2011, the first season was complete. But MTV dropped it after the first two seasons, leaving UK fans of Aria and Co. high and dry - until Netflix UK took it, with the entire series available from January 1st 2015 (each new episode arrives on the streaming service after its US premiere).
* British fans of ''Series/{{Community}}'', which began on Viva at the same time as ''Pretty Little Liars'' and was also dropped, had to wait until April 2012 for the ''second'' season to begin on Sony Entertainment Television (given that the series is a co-production of Sony and Universal it was that or the Universal Channel, and the Universal Channel doesn't show comedies). The channel has also shown every season since then, including the sixth (which is lucky for UK fans, as Yahoo! Screen isn't available in Britain).
* The short-lived ''[[Website/TheOnion Onion]] Sports Network'' started out as a feature on ESPN's SportsCenter before jumping to Creator/ComedyCentral.
* This is adverted ''hard'' with Mexican public TV: all the programs created and broadcast (including foreign-made series and movies) in the two only Mexican networks (Televisa and TV Azteca) belong to ''those'' networks and ''those'' networks only. Those programs cannot be switched over to the rival network (especially network-created shows like soap operas, TV shows, etc), but there are a few exceptions to the rule:
** ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' was originally broadcasted by Imevision (the TV Azteca's predecessor), but since Imevision was privatizated by the government and become TV Azteca later, they lost the Mexican broadcasting rights of the show and Televisa bought the show later.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' was originally intented to be broadcasted by Televisa, but after one single episode, the owners cancelled the broadcasting due to its subversive content and TV Azteca bought the series from them.
** All the WaltDisney catalog (movies, series, etc) went from Televisa (who was Disney's client for decades) to TV Azteca for unexplained reasons.
** In recent years, it no longer seems to be the case for animated series and children's shows, for example: ''BarneyAndFriends'' and ''BobTheBuilder'' premiered and aired on Televisa for years, but in 2008 TV Azteca signed a deal with HIT Entertainment that allowed both series to move to Azteca. The deal also gave Azteca the rights to ''ThomasTheTankEngine'', but after the deal with HIT expired in 2012, that series was acquired by Televisa. Likewise ''LazyTown'' premiered on Televisa but it was cancelled almost immediately, and later acquired and aired by Azteca.
*** Smaller and local Mexico City channel Cadenatres has acquired several classic sitcoms and anime series formerly aired on Televisa/Azteca since their rights were eventually lost, among them ''Bewitched'', ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'', ''Series/TheNanny'', ''Series/TheMunsters'', ''Heidi'' and ''Manga/CandyCandy''. In a strange subversion, the ''StuartLittle'' animated series premiered on Cadenatres and years later resurfaced on Televisa.
* Wrestling/{{TNA}} Wrestling moved from Bravo to Challenge because Bravo got shut down by their new owners.
* ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' ended the ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' franchise's longtime home at Fuji TV, moving over to Creator/TVAsahi. This may have been justified in how ''Anime/DragonBallKai'' was occupying its traditional timeslot on Fuji TV.
** '''It happened again with ''[[Anime/DigimonUniverseApplimonsters Digimon Universe App Monsters]], this time it's airing on Creator/TVTokyo.
* A similar thing happened with ''Anime/{{Stitch}}'': The 1st season aired on Creator/TVTokyo, but later moved to Creator/TVAsahi for the next 3 seasons, but it's not known why.
* ''KathAndKim'' (the Australian one) from Creator/TheABC (the Australian one) to the Creator/SevenNetwork.
* The fifth series of ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' was set to be the last after the show was cancelled by Citytv, but Creator/{{CBC}} since picked up the rights and the show continues in production.
* British fans of ''Series/BreakingBad'' had to put up with the show being dropped by ''two'' broadcasters (FX and [[ChannelFive FiveUSA]]); like ''Pretty Little Liars'' and ''Once Upon a Time'' above, the later seasons premiered on Netflix UK (as did ''Series/BetterCallSaul''). Fast forward to 2015, and ''Breaking Bad'' was picked up as a launch show for the new British version of Creator/SpikeTV (which is operated by ChannelFive, now owned by Viacom), which will broadcast every episode.
* The ''Series/{{Angel}}: After The Fall''(IDW Publishing) comic book series: After having crossed over with the ''Buffy'' (Creator/DarkHorseComics) comics, Angel's story is now being continued in Dark Horse's spinoff of ''ComicBook/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Season 9'', ''Angel and Faith''.
* In the UK, both ''HotInCleveland'' and ''Series/DropDeadDiva'' moved from Creator/{{Sky}} Living to Sony Entertainment Television.
* ''WhiteCollar'' moved from Creator/{{Sky}} Living to Alibi.
* In Canada, ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'' moved from Creator/{{Global}} to Creator/{{CTV}}, where it has remained ever since. ''[[Series/TheOfficeUS The Office]]'' likewise moved from [=Citytv=] to the now-defunct CH/ Creator/{{E}} network to Global.
* In Britain ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has been on {{Creator/Channel 4}} terrestrially since 2000 and used to be on Sky One on cable/satellite; ''both'' channels ended up dropping it and it moved to Creator/ComedyCentral (in the days when it was still called Paramount Comedy).
* ''HomeAndAway'' in New Zealand has channel-hopped ''four times''. It first premiered on [=TV3=] when the channel launched in November 1989. It moved to TVNZ in 1993, initially on TV One then on [=TV2=]. In 2002, it moved back to [=TV3=], and then in 2013, it moved back to TVNZ's [=TV2=]!
* ''Series/TheInvisibleMan'' had a rare deal where is aired both on the Sci-Fi Channel and in syndication ''the same week'' which persisted for both seasons it aired. Unfortunately when SFC pulled out, syndication alone wasn't enough to keep the show going.
* In the UK and Ireland, ''Pokemon'' was initially aired on SKYONE up to around the Johto era, before their version of Cartoon Network picked up new episodes of the show. Since then, reruns, new episodes and the movies can be found on the Creator/{{CITV}} channel as well as Creator/DisneyXD.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' was first shown in Britain on Boomerang, but only the first season - presumably because it didn't quite fit in among its lineup; the series moved to Tiny Pop (and its sister channels Pop and [=PopGirl=]) in 2013.
* From season five ''Series/TheMiddle'' changed its UK home from Sky to Creator/ComedyCentral.
* Given that ''Series/{{Scandal}}'' didn't go down as well with [[Creator/Channel4 More4]] viewers as its stablemates ''Series/TheGoodWife'' and ''Series/{{Nashville}}'', from season three Olivia Pope moved to [=SkyLiving=].
* ''Nashville'', on the other hand, moved from [=More4=] to its sister channel [=E4=] from ''its'' third season.
* ''Series/MastersOfSex'', meanwhile, aired on Creator/Channel4 in its first season but moved to [=More4=] come its second.
* ''Series/NewGirl'' began its UK run on Creator/Channel4 but moved to [=E4=] from season two.
* ''Series/AgentsOfShield'' took their battle with Hydra from Creator/Channel4 to [=E4=] from season three.
* ''Series/BigBrother'' (UK) went from Creator/Channel4 (who felt the series had been taken as far as it could) to ChannelFive (who arguably proved them right).
* The first four seasons of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' were shown in the UK on [[{{ITV}} ITV2]]; it then went to [=SkyLiving=] for seasons five to eight, after which it was dropped. Eventually, [[Creator/Channel4 E4]] picked it up and screened season nine from January 2015 (a year behind North America) - by pure coincidence, the first episode of season nine is called "I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here."
* When ''Nightly Business Report'' moved from WPBT Miami to NBC/Universal... [[SubvertedTrope it stayed on PBS]], with American Public Television continuing to distribute. However, it did switch station affiliations from WPBT to Washington D.C.-based WETA.
* In the mid-2000's, Creator/HiTEntertainment's programs on PBS switched station affiliations from Connecticut Public Television to WNET New York.
* ''TimothyGoesToSchool'' went from PBSKids (as part of a Sunday morning block "Bookworm Bunch") to TLC's weekday morning block "Ready Set Learn" and Creator/DiscoveryChannel as part of their afternoon block (Which also had the "Ready Set Learn Block") and currently airs on {{Qubo}}.
* ''BillNyeTheScienceGuy'' went from PBS to Disney, before finally retiring to Noggin.
* In Canada, some U.S. late night talk shows tend to do this. There was ''some'' stability for a time; ''Series/TheTonightShow'' and ''Series/LateNight'' typically aired on CTV Two (dating back to its time as A-Channel and The New XX, and ''Series/LateShow'' and ''Series/TheLateLateShow'' aired on CFMT (except for Kilborn's run, which aired on Global, as well as Craig Ferguson for a period before moving back). But ''Jimmy Kimmel Live!'' can't seem to stay in one place, having been on Bite TV, CH, Creator/{{Citytv}}, and now TheComedyNetwork (with next-day encores on Creator/MuchMusic. The 2014-15 re-alignments of NBC and CBS's late-night lineups also caused some changes; ''Late Night with Seth Meyers'' moved to Creator/{{CTV}} (sandwiched between ''Series/TheDailyShow'' and ''Series/{{Conan}}''), ''The Late Late Show with James Corden'' moved to CTV Two, and ''The Late Show with Stephen Colbert'' is on Global. In February 2016, Corden was moved to CTV (arguably because it's been doing better from a viral perspective), with ''Late Night'' moving back to CTV Two.
* ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' has also hopped a few times in Canada, starting on CH (dating back to when CHCH had branded itself as [=ONtv=]). When CH turned into Creator/{{E}}, it moved to Sun TV. When Sun TV got turned into the ultimately unsuccessful Sun News Network, it moved to Omni, and was then promoted to Omni's parent network Citytv.
* ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' and ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' have also been shuffled around a lot in Canada; for a time it was split ''between'' CTV and A-Channel. In 2008 (by then the two networks had become sisters due to the CTV[=/=]CHUM merger), both shows moved to CBC (for a time, ''Wheel'' got shunned to the afternoon to put a larger focus on the one that happens to be [[Creator/AlexTrebek hosted by a Canadian]]). A few seasons later, CBC unceremoniously dropped both. CHCH (Toronto region) and CHEK (Vancouver Island) would acquire ''Wheel'' and ''Jeopardy'' in 2012 (they were former sisters before Canwest divested them to Channel Zero and a local group respectively). The two shows were then acquired by Yes TV (a rebranding of the religious Crossroads Television System) in 2014; however, this only led to a channel hop in Toronto, as the system syndicates its acquisitions to other independents in markets where it doesn't have a station, which includes CHEK (this move also restored the two programs to Alberta).
* This trope was averted in a situation involving ''Dallas'' in the UK. When the BBC announced it would not pay a raised licencing fee to carry new episodes beginning in Autumn 1985, Thames Television, ITV's London service, announced that they were willing to pay the asking price. Thus ''Dallas'' was snatched by Thames, which violated a "gentleman's agreement" between BBC and ITV which prevented situations like this. Betrayed, BBC pulled the remaining ''Dallas'' episodes it had the rights to and announced that they would air them simultaneously with Thames' broadcasts. Ultimately, the negative publicity caused Thames to back out and ''Dallas'' remained on the BBC. (Times have changed since then, as British fans of series like ''Series/TwentyFour'' and ''Series/{{Glee}}'' can testify.)
* ''WesternAnimation/LibertysKids'' premiered on the Creator/PBSKids slot on PBS affiliates in the early 2000s. In 2012, however, the repeats started airing on CBS affiliates as part of the Creator/CookieJarTV slot.
* In January 2016, ''Series/SesameStreet'' will premiere new episodes on Creator/{{HBO}}, ending Sesame Workshop's long-running primary allegiance with Creator/{{PBS}} (and its forerunner, NET). The series will still air reruns on PBS, with the HBO episodes premiering on their stations after a 9-month window.
** In Malaysia, ''Sesame Street'' went from being a long-runner on RTM-TV1 in the 80s to RTM-TV2 in the 90s, before disappearing off Malaysian terrestrial to appear as part of the ''Hallmark Kids'' block on Hallmark Channel Asia. When that channel's partnership got [[ScrewedByTheNetwork royally screwed by NBC-Universal]] however, the show went into limbo for three years before resurfacing on Playhouse Disney Asia, and going on to become a long runner that still aired after the transition to Disney Junior Asia, at the time where other PBS shows on the channel that Disney rescued from Hallmark Channel Asia got the [[ScrewedByTheNetwork pink slip]].
* As part of the launch of Creator/{{AMC}} in the UK, the entire run of ''Series/{{Weeds}}'' will be shown - including the final two seasons, which never ran on British television due to Sky dropping the series.
* In the US, ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' debuted as part of Creator/{{PBS}}'s ''Series/MasterpieceTheater'' in 2010. The show started airing on Creator/BBCAmerica in 2014.
* Israeli children television host [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tal_Mosseri Tal Mosseri]] ([[SpellMyNameWithAnS or Museri, or Mussari...]]) left [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arutz_HaYeladim Arutz haYeladim]] after his 18 years tenure there (the longest a host has been there, ever) for the Israeli Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} (though some speculate he was actually let go as part of the channelís attempts at renewal and rebranding). Naturally, many Israelis, who grew up on watching him on Arutz haYeladim, were shocked by the news, but wished him good luck; soon, however, people started calling him a traitor for this at every turn. At first he was very alarmed and hired protection before he realised it was a RunningGag and even started joining in on it, e.g. uploading a photo of himself next to [[Film/TheForceAwakens Stormtrooper]], with the caption, Ď[[https://www.facebook.com/Mosserital/photos/a.105101956187528.9186.104779009553156/1047590698605311/?type=3 Iím just here for the comments...]]í
* In Canada, the revived ''Series/DoctorWho'' initially aired on the Creator/{CBC, as did its spin-off, ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''. After Series 4 of ''Doctor Who'' and Series 1 of ''Torchwood'', both shows moved to the cable network Space (though the CBC's cable spin-off, CBC Bold, continue to air reruns for a time).
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* ''Series/PunkyBrewster'' not only switched from network to syndication, it also changed producers. It was originally produced in-house by NBC, but the network had to license the rights to Columbia Pictures Television. Under Federal Communications Commission rules at the time, a network could not be involved in a syndicated show. Funny to think now considering that all five networks are owned by conglomerates that have their own TV syndication units.
* ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' ''nearly'' went towards this: In 1991 Touchstone Television decided against making any more episodes for financial reasons. Warner Bros. Television said they'd step into the breach, but that plan fell apart when Beatrice Arthur announced she was quitting. Touchstone would make a pseudo-spinoff, ''The Golden Palace'', which aired on CBS for one year (making it a pseudo-Channel Hop, as ''The Golden Girls'' aired on NBC).
* On the other hand, when Cannon Television ran into financial problems of their own after the first few episodes of ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'', Creator/{{CBS}} (with some help from Columbia Pictures Television) agreed to foot the bill thereafter.
* Similarly, the NBC episodes of ''{{Baywatch}}'' were produced by GTG Entertainment -- making for a strange-but-true link between this series and ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'', as MTM's ex Grant Tinker was the "GT"[[note]]Gannett Newspapers supplied the second "G"[[/note]] -- while the syndicated ones hailed from Tower 12 Productions/The Baywatch Production Company (and due to financial involvement from Britain's London Weekend Television thanks to [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Brits and Germans loving David Hasselhoff]], the end credits carried the card "A Baywatch Production Company Production for LWT").
* The pilot for ''The Highwayman'' was made by Glen A. Larson's company at Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox, but the series was produced on a lower budget by Larson's New West Entertainment.
* When ''Series/TheManFromUncle'''s reunion movie ''The Return Of The Man From U.N.C.L.E.: The Fifteen Years Later Affair'' got the go-ahead in 1983, it wasn't made by MetroGoldwynMayer (home of the original series); writer-producer Michael Sloan convinced MGM to lease the property to his company and Viacom Productions.
* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'' moved from [[Creator/DiCEntertainment DiC]] to Creator/HannaBarbera, starting with its fourth season, following Ted Turner's purchase of Hanna-Barbera.
* ''WesternAnimation/BillAndTedsExcellentAdventures'', on the other hand, went in the opposite direction -- the Creator/{{CBS}} episodes (which had Creator/KeanuReeves, Alex Winter, Creator/GeorgeCarlin and Bernie Casey voicing the characters they played in the movie) were made by Hanna-Barbera in association with Orion, while when it moved to Fox (making this a channel hop AND a company hop) DiC took over production with the voices of the actors starring in a live-action adaptation of the movie.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' was produced by the company it was on at the time: Nickelodeon Animation when on Nick, Walt Disney Television Animation when on ABC. Jumbo Pictures was there for all episodes, but was bought by Disney in 1996, precipitating the Channel Hop.
* The 1980s ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' series stared out being animated by Creator/RubySpears (a sister studio to Hanna-Barbera) for its first five seasons, before animation was switched over to DiC for the final three seasons, with 11 episodes in season six done by Murakami-Wolf-Swenson, the same company behind [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 the first TMNT series]].
* For Franchise/CareBears, the shows started out being produced by Creator/DiCEntertainment with WesternAnimation/CareBears1980s, then moved to Creator/{{Nelvana}} before the bears went on a long hiatus. When they returned, Nelvana produced three Direct-to-TV movies before the animation production changed hands again with WesternAnimation/CareBearsAdventuresInCareALot, when production went back to [=DiC=] (though co-produced by Sabella-Dern), then finally to [=MoonScoop=] with WesternAnimation/CareBearsWelcomeToCareALot, who then rebranded themselves as Splash! Entertainment after a takeover and produced WesternAnimation/CareBearsAndCousins under the new name.
* The vast majority of DirectToVideo Creator/{{Disney}} sequels, while still being produced and distributed by Disney, were animated by Disney Television Animation, as opposed to [[WesternAnimation/DisneyAnimatedCanon Walt Disney Animation Studios]].
* The pilot for ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' was produced by Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank, but the series was made at Curious Pictures in New York, where creator Tom Warburton was based.
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* A huge example: every Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer film made before 1986 is now owned by Creator/WarnerBros because Turner Entertainment purchased MGM in 1985 and sold it back, while keeping its film library. Time Warner's purchase of Turner in 1996 resulted in the films ending up with Warner, where they remain today.
** The pre-1948 WarnerBros library had been sold (through Associated Artists Productions) to United Artists in 1958, and then to MGM in 1981 following their merger with UA. It was also included in Turner's purchase of the MGM library, and returned to Warner in 1996.
** United Artists also purchased the distribution rights to the entire Creator/RKOPictures library, which also ended up in the Turner deal, and now belongs to Warner, at least in North America (Various entities distribute much of the RKO library overseas). Exceptions include Film/ItsAWonderfulLife, which is owned by ParamountPictures because it was produced by Liberty Films, and RKO was only the distributor.
* Similarly, almost every feature film from Creator/ParamountPictures made before 1950 now belongs to Creator/UniversalStudios. Paramount saw little value in its film library, and in 1958 sold these films to MCA, who planned on licensing them for television broadcast. MCA merged with Universal in 1962.
* Creator/GeorgeRomero's ''Living Dead'' films, in part due to his unwillingness to trim gore and violence from them. Latent Image, Laurel, Universal, Columbia, etc. However, the first such hop can be explained by the first film's public domain status: Romero blamed it on a copyright screw-up by the production company/distributor when the title was changed from ''Night of the Flesh Eaters'' and vowed never again to work with the guilty parties.
* ''Film/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' started out being produced by Walden Media and released by Walt Disney Pictures. After the second film underperformed, Walden jumped ship to 20th Century Fox for the third film. After ''that'' underperformed, Walden chose not to renew their contract with C.S. Lewis' estate, and production on a fourth film fell into DevelopmentHell until The Mark Gordon Company picked up the rights to the series, and the next installment will be distributed by Sony Pictures in the US (under their [=TriStar=] banner), and Entertainment One overseas.
* ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'' from Creator/RevolutionStudios to [[Creator/{{Universal}} Universal Pictures]][=/=]Creator/RelativityMedia.
** Universal did it again, taking ''Film/KickAss'' from Creator/{{Lionsgate}}.
*** Bit of a subversion here, as Universal distributed the film in other territories (for example, the UK and Australia).
* [[DevelopmentHell Chronic]] with the ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' films. Every. single. movie. Actual distribution is even worse (first one: Orion theatrically, currently MGM; second: TriStarPictures theatrically and some video releases -- others involved with home distribution include Lionsgate, Artisan and Universal; third/fourth: Warner domestically, Sony overseas; fifth: Paramount).
** To elaborate why: The first was made by Hemdale Film Corporation, who ended up going under[[note]]their library passed into the hands of Consortium dé Realisation, a French state entity that existed to bail out the Crédit Lyonnais bank, then this library was sold to Creator/PolyGramFilmedEntertainment, then most of the [=PolyGram=] library was sold to MGM[[/note]], and the rights were eventually bought by Mario Kassar, who ran Carolco Pictures, which later went bankrupt (destroying chances of Creator/JamesCameron's ''Terminator 3'' and ''Film/SpiderMan1'') and had their film library bought by StudioCanal[[note]]Universal owns 50%, and release T2 on video overseas[[/note]], who [[RunningGag sold the rights]] to C2 Pictures (also ran by Kassar and his partner Andrew G. Vajna) and Intermedia, and the possibility of any more ''Terminator'' sequels became the subject of a legal deadlock (thanks to a feud between Kassar and Vajna), eventually culminating in the rights going to The Halcyon Company. [[OverusedRunningGag Who sold the rights]] [[CreatorKiller after going bankrupt]].
*** Interestingly, Hemdale was the only production company among them to hang around long enough to see the sequel to its movie premiere in theatres; in fact, Hemdale was still around for a few more years after ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' (and Bruno Mattei's own unofficial sequel with a similar name, released in the United States under the name ''Shocking Dark'' due to trademark issues) was released.
** Hannover House, a company formed by a former Hemdale employee, even tried to make a new animated movie, but was blocked to do so by Pacificor, the hedge fund who purchased the rights from Halcyon (because they helped them purchase said rights in the first place).
** In 2012, Pacificor sold the rights to Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures. Her brother David joined afterwards, and given his Skydance Productions [[http://www.thewrap.com/movies/column-post/terminator-distribution-rights-poised-head-paramount-exclusive-96781 have a deal with Paramount, they got a distributor]]. Annapurna eventually left, albeit Megan remained as executive producer.
* ''Franchise/{{Rambo}}'' from Carolco Pictures to Creator/{{Lionsgate}}[=/=]Creator/TheWeinsteinCompany. Amusingly, Lionsgate owns the home video rights to the first three films in the series.
* ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' from Creator/{{Paramount}} (WarnerBros overseas for the first film) to New Line after the first 8 films. This allowed them to CrossOver [[Film/FreddyVsJason with]] [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet their franchise]].
** Then Warner became New Line's parent company and sold the rights back to Paramount so both can produce Creator/ChristopherNolan's ''Film/{{Interstellar}}''. Platinum Dunes, responsible for the [[Film/FridayThe13th2009 2009 remake]], is attached to a possible new movie under Paramount.
** Creator/WarnerBros also got the domestic sub-license to the first 8 films to do an entire franchise Blu-ray set.
* The ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'' franchise has a history of this. [[Film/{{Halloween 1978}} The first film]] was produced and released independently by Compass International Pictures. The [[Film/HalloweenII1981 second]] and [[Film/HalloweenIIISeasonOfTheWitch third]] films were picked up by Universal. The [[Film/Halloween4TheReturnOfMichaelMyers fourth]] and [[Film/Halloween5TheRevengeOfMichaelMyers fifth]] films were also produced independently, but distributed by Galaxy International Releasing (who had a deal with 20th Century Fox). Disney-owned Miramax bought the rights to the franchise in 1994, and released ''[[Film/HalloweenTheCurseOfMichaelMyers Curse]]'', ''[[Film/HalloweenH20TwentyYearsLater H20]]'', and ''[[Film/HalloweenResurrection Resurrection]]'' under their Dimension Films label. Dimension inherited the sequel rights when it jumped ship to The Weinstein Company, who released the two Rob Zombie films (working with MGM on the first). Dimension dropped the franchise in 2015, and the rights reverted back to Miramax. Trancas Films (Moustapha Akkad's production company, who ''has'' produced all the films) is working with Blumhouse on the next film while Miramax shops the project to new distributors.
** Home video is even more messed up. Anchor Bay has the license to 1, 4-5 (licensed from Trancas), Shout! Factory has 2-3 (licensed from Universal), and Lionsgate has ''Curse'', ''H20'', and ''Resurrection'' (licensed from Miramax). Vivendi has the first Rob Zombie film, while Sony Pictures has the second (both licensed from The Weinstein Company). Universal has also released their own barebones editions of 2-3. In addition, Anchor Bay and Shout! Factory teamed up to release a complete franchise boxset (licensing films from Miramax and TWC). Tellingly, the bottom of the box features ''nine'' studio or company logos!
*** Past home video distributors include Media Home Entertainment (1), [=GoodTimes=] (2-3), CBS/FOX (4-5), Buena Vista (6-8), Echo Bridge (also 6-8), and Genius Products (first Zombie film).
* The ''Franchise/{{Scream}}'' films have always been Dimension Films, but Dimension switched from being under Miramax to The Weinstein Company between the third and fourth films. Today, Lionsgate releases the first three films on home video domestically while Anchor Bay has the fourth.[[note]]Disney sold Miramax and their entire film library to [=FilmYard=] Holdings, who licenses out home video rights to Lionsgate.[[/note]]
** The same goes for the ''Film/SpyKids'' and ''Film/ScaryMovie'' franchises, as the first three films of their respective series were also distributed by Miramax under the Dimension Films label and their subsequent films were released by The Weinstein Company under the Dimension Films label.
*** ''Film/SinCity'', on the other hand, has an interesting subversion of this. The first film was initially distributed by Miramax, as with the other aforementioned franchises, while [[Film/SinCityADameToKillFor its sequel]] is being distributed by The Weinstein Company, but Miramax is co-producing it.
** Speaking of The Weinstein Company, it's home video division had several distributors through the years (Genius Products from 2006 to 2009, Vivendi Entertainment from 2009 to 2010 and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment from 2010 to 2011). It's currently distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment (2011-present) as TWC bought a share of Starz Media, which is Anchor Bay's parent company.
* Walter Lantz, who made ''WoodyWoodpecker'', jumped ship from Creator/{{Universal}} Pictures to Creator/UnitedArtists in 1947. Lantz then briefly shut down his studio in 1949. The studio reopened in 1951 and went back to Universal as his distributor.
* ''Film/{{The Hustler}}'' was released by {{Twentieth Century Fox}}, but Creator/{{Touchstone Pictures}} took care of its sequel, ''Film/{{The Color of Money}}''.
* ''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}'' from New World to Dimension.
* ''Film/DeathWish'' from Creator/{{Paramount}} to Filmways to Cannon to Trimark. To go even further, {{MGM}} holds the remake rights and ColumbiaPictures held foreign rights to the first two films.
* Creator/MarvelComics has opened a studio.
** They are starting to get back the rights to their characters. (the exception has been Film/XMen / [[Film/FantasticFour2015 Fantastic Four]], which Fox managed to keep through continuous movie production; Creator/{{Sony}}[=/=]Columbia tried the same with ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'' series, but their diminishing returns plus the leaked info debacle led them to give Spidey back to Marvel, though Columbia will still distribute future solo movies). Marvel has gotten back Comicbook/{{Blade}} (New Line), Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}, Fox, became star of his own Netflix series), Comicbook/GhostRider, Comicbook/ThePunisher (both Columbia; former appeared on ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', latter on ''Series/{{Daredevil}}''), and Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk (Universal; most famous/successful of the bunch, earned his own movie and became part of ComicBook/TheAvengers), but so far Hulk (in ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'', ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' and ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'') and Daredevil (with his [[Series/{{Daredevil 2015}} Netflix series]]) are the only one to actually appear in the MCU, but the others are still MIA. And with the failure of ''Fant4stic'', even the Four may soon return to Marvel.
** As Marvel Studios' deal with Paramount ended and Disney bought Marvel Comics, the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse (of which only ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'' was shipped by another studio, Universal) is now distributed by Walt Disney Pictures (though ExecutiveMeddling pasted Paramount's logo into the first Disney-handled pic, ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', and ''Film/IronMan3'', even on the home video releases).
** And now, effective September 2013, Disney has the rights to the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe save for ''The Incredible Hulk''.
* The first ''Film/ChildsPlay'' movie was made by Creator/UnitedArtists, who supposedly dropped it on "moral grounds." The other five movies have been produced by Universal or by Universal-owned companies (and indeed Universal is planning to remake the ''original'').
* Amazingly enough, Creator/UnitedArtists picked up the third ''Film/{{House}}'' film, ''Film/TheHorrorShow'', from New World and released it not long after ''Child's Play''. New Line ended up releasing [[Film/HouseIV the fourth one]].
* This can happen to singular movies as well. When Miramax was sold by Disney, their unreleased movies ended up going to different distributors. ''WesternAnimation/GnomeoAndJuliet'' and ''Theatre/TheTempest'' stayed with Disney and were released by Touchstone, ''Film/DontBeAfraidOfTheDark'' went to Film District (releasing through Creator/TristarPictures domestically), ''Film/LastNight'' went to Tribeca (and returned to Miramax through Platinum Disc/Echo Bridge for DVD) and ''Film/TheDebt'' went to Creator/{{Universal}}'s Focus division. An older Miramax release, ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'', briefly went to Lionsgate along with most of the catalog, but Lionsgate never got to release it, as Disney instead renegotiated the rights and re-released the film on DVD themselves in 2012.
* ''Film/FrightNight1985'' was backed by Creator/ColumbiaPictures and a production of Vista Films; for [[Film/FrightNightPart2 the sequel]] was done by Vista and distributed by Columbia's sister studio Tristar internationally -- and [[Film/FrightNight2011 the remake]] came from Creator/{{Dreamworks}} and was distributed by [[Creator/{{Disney}} Touchstone Pictures]].
* ''Film/ArlingtonRoad'' was to have been originally released by Creator/PolygramFilmedEntertainment but after a delay (due to UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}}) and Polygram merging with October Films (to become USA Films and later Focus Features), the film was sold to Creator/ScreenGems.
* ''Film/MulhollandDrive'' was originally shot for the Creator/{{ABC}} network and financed by [[Creator/{{Disney}} Touchstone Pictures]]. After ABC passed on it, director Creator/DavidLynch decided to rework it and got production company Studio Canal to buy the film and finance the shooting of new footage. Creator/{{Universal}} ended up releasing the film as part of their relationship with Studio Canal.
* The ''Film/{{Emmanuelle}}'' films released theatrically went from Columbia to Paramount to Miramax to Cannon. Four films, four distributors.
* ''Franchise/TheMuppets'' films have gone from ITC/Associated Film Distribution with the first film to ITC/Universal Pictures with the second to [=TriStar=] Pictures ([[ItMakesSenseInContext you can blame the lawsuit over]] Radio/TheLoneRanger's [[CreatorKiller mask for that one]]) with the third to Walt Disney Pictures with the fourth and fifth to [=TriStar=]'s sister studio Columbia with the sixth and back to Disney from the seventh onward.
** Other Creator/JimHenson works have hopped too. ''Film/TheDarkCrystal'' was a ITC/Universal Pictures release that originally was released by Thorn EMI Video in TheEighties, then Walt Disney Home Video in TheNineties. At the end of that decade, Columbia/[=TriStar=] Home Entertainment picked it up. ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'' was originally released by TriStarPictures but the initial video release was through Embassy (later Nelson) Home Entertainment; again, Columbia/[=TriStar=] (re)claimed it at the end of TheNineties.
* The Creator/StudioGhibli films have a history of this in the US. Disney/Buena Vista has distributed most of them since 1997, but there have been a few exceptions:
** If you count it, ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro'' (Miyazaki's first directoral film) was originally distributed in the US by Streamline Pictures before their rights expired and Manga Entertainment picked up the rights and redubbed the film with Animaze and Creator/DavidHayter as Lupin. Their rights later expired, and the film was rescued for a DVD/Blu-ray re-release from Discotek Media with both dubs (along with a toned-down version of the latter dub). Discotek later sub-licensed the film to Disney so they could include it in their complete Miyazaki Blu-ray set.
** The original US release of ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' in 1985 was under New World Pictures with video distribution from Veston Video and later First Independent Video featuring a heavily edited dub that Miyazaki despised so much, he put forth a no editing clause into his future contracts. Disney would later acquire the film and redub it in 2005 for their releases beginning that same year.
** Creator/StreamlinePictures dubbed and/or distributed ''Anime/CastleInTheSky'', ''Anime/KikisDeliveryService'', ''Anime/MyNeighborTotoro'' (with a home video release from Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox) and ''Anime/PorcoRosso'' in the late 80s/early 90s before Disney picked up the rights and redubbed/re-released them all.
** Because ''Anime/GraveOfTheFireflies'' had a different licensor in Japan, it wasn't included in Disney's deal. Creator/CentralParkMedia distributed it on video and DVD (with a dub from Skypilot Entertainment in 1998) before they went under and Creator/ADVFilms rescued it. When ''they'' went under, Creator/SentaiFilmworks picked up the rights and released a remastered DVD in 2011 with a Blu-ray release in 2012 containing a new dub from Seraphim Digital.
** ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'' was distributed by Miramax because of its intense content. After selling off Miramax, Disney reacquired the rights and released it under their own name after they renewed their contract with Ghibli.
** In 2011, GKIDS picked up the theatrical rights to the pre-2011 Studio Ghibli catalog, though Disney still retains home video rights to those films (sans ''Cagliostro'', ''Fireflies'', and ''Anime/OnlyYesterday'', though Disney does have certain home video rights to ''Cagliostro'', as mentioned above). GKIDS also outbid Disney for the home video and theatrical rights to ''Anime/FromUpOnPoppyHill'', ''Anime/TheTaleOfPrincessKaguya'', and ''Anime/WhenMarnieWasThere'', and acquired the North American home video and theatrical rights to ''Only Yesterday'' as well, giving it its first western theatrical (despite the film being 15 years old) and home video releases, with a dub. They partnered up with Cinedigm for ''Poppy Hill'' and Universal for ''Princess Kaguya'', ''Marnie'', and ''Only Yesterday''. One of the reasons why GKIDS have the rights to these films outside of Disney due to those films ''not made by Hayao Miyazaki'' (but still produced by Ghibli).
** ''Anime/TheWindRises'' is distributed theatrically and on video by Disney's Touchstone Pictures label due to its content.
** This trope is averted in the UK and Australia where the entire Ghibli catalog is handled by Studio Canal (formerly Optimum Releasing) and Madman Entertainment respectively.
* Outside of home country Japan, where Creator/{{Toho}} exclusively handles distribution, the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' films have gone through many distributors:
** In the US, the first three films were distributed by Warner Bros, until their rights expired a decade after each film's respective release. Films 4-7 were distributed by Miramax and Buena Vista, and are now owned by current Miramax owner beIN Media Group, with home video transferring to Echo Bridge, and later to Lionsgate. Films 8 onward have been with Viz Media (who distributes through Warner Home Video. and have the home video rights to the anime), with the strange exception of the 11th film, which was released by Universal at first, though Viz released it themselves in 2015. Also, Cinedigm distributed the 14th film in select theaters in the US (the "White" version), otherwise, starting with the sixth movie, the films have all been straight-to-video or TV in the US. The first three films also got a new release in 2016, courtesy of Viz, meaning that, at least in the USA, the only films that The Pokemon Company International hasn't gotten the rights back to are #4-7. However, TPCI has gotten the digital distribution rights to [[Anime/Pokemon4Ever the fourth movie]], despite it, and the three following films, being under Miramax's wing otherwise.
** In the UK, the Pokemon films were also Warner Bros for #1-3. Studio Canal handles #4, 5, and 7, while Paramount has #6 (all under Miramax). Network released #10, and Universal has #11-15. None of the other films have been released to DVD in the UK, and only #1-3 were in theaters. In 2016, similar to how the rights in North America had reverted to Viz the year before, the first three movies were picked up for distribution by Creator/MangaEntertainment, which also picked up the rights to ''Hoopa and the Clash of Ages'' and will be releasing all four on Blu-ray.
** Similarly in Australia, the first three films were released to theaters by Warner Bros. The fourth and fifth films went direct to video from Miramax/Disney, and films eight onward have been released by Beyond Home Entertainment (formerly Magna Pacific), which, similar to Viz in North America and Manga in the UK, picked up the first three films after the original distributor lost the rights in a dispute with Toho and Nintendo. Six and seven have never been released in Australia. Hoyts also released the fourteenth film to select cinemas.
* ''Manga/{{Akira}}'' has gone from Streamline Pictures to Orion Pictures/MGM to Pioneer/Geneon to Bandai Visual to Bandai Entertainment to Creator/FUNimation.
* The Miley Cyrus film ''So Undercover'' was financed by The Weinstein Company but was sold to Creator/OpenRoadFilms (a joint venture of the AMC and Regal theatre chains) for its theatrical release. Then the North American theatrical run got canceled and Millennium Films ended up distributing the film for home video (the failure of ''LOL'' at the box office [[StarDerailingRole obviously didn't help matters]]).
* ''Film/{{Haywire}}'' was to have initially been released by Creator/{{Lionsgate}} but the film's producers (RelativityMedia) backed out of their deal with them and chose to distribute themselves. The film went back to Lionsgate for its DVD and Blu Ray releases.
* Starting with ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', the ''Franchise/StarWars'' franchise has moved from 20th Century Fox to Walt Disney Studios after the latter's purchase of Lucasfilm Ltd. However, under the terms of the deal, Fox will retain ''Film/ANewHope'' in perpetuity.
** ''[[WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars The Clone Wars]]'' pilot movie was distributed by Creator/WarnerBros, but their rights seemingly lapsed, as the DVD and Blu-ray are out-of-print, and the film is currently only available on Netflix, along with the rest of the series.
* The home video distribution of the ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' TV specials moved from Media Home Entertainment and sometimes its children's sublabel Hi-Tops Video (or otherwise Kartes Video Communications in a few cases) to Paramount in 1994, then to Warner Bros. in 2008, primarily due to longtime specials producer Bill Melendez being a former ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' animator. (As an aside, Fox released an [[WesternAnimation/ThePeanutsMovie animated feature]] produced by Creator/BlueSkyStudios.)
* Most films that Media Home Entertainment had originally released on home video saw their rights transfer as well to other distributors, principally Anchor Bay, but the assets of the company when it folded in 1993 following the conviction of Gerald Ronson, CEO of parent company Heron Communications, were sold to Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox, which co-distributed some of the very last releases by Media Home Entertainment. For example, Media originally released the first VHS releases of the first five ''[[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Nightmare on Elm Street]]'' films. After Media Home Entertainment ceased to exist, New Line, which originally theatrically distributed the five films became the rights holder for their home video releases, eventually being transferred to corporate parent Warner Bros.
* ''Film/LittleMonsters'' and ''Film/BlueSteel'' were financed by Vestron Pictures but ended up being distributed by [[Creator/{{MGM}} MGM/UA]] due to Vestron's financial issues.
* ''Theatre/MyFairLady'' transferred from Creator/WarnerBros to Creator/{{CBS}} during the 1970s, since CBS sponsored the Broadway musical that the movie was based on. Since then, the film has been released by [[Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer MGM/CBS Home Video]], [[Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox CBS/Fox Video]], [[Creator/WarnerBros Warner Home Video]], and [[Creator/{{Paramount}} Paramount Home Entertainment]] at various times, mainly due to joint ventures and output deals made by CBS.
* Creator/DreamWorks and Creator/DreamWorksAnimation:
** The original [=DreamWorks=] went from an independent studio (with Creator/{{Universal}} handling home video) to distribution from Creator/{{Paramount}}. Beginning in 2010, the studio broke off from Paramount and its films from that point until 2016 were distributed by Disney, under their Touchstone Pictures banner (with 20th Century Fox handling some of them overseas). After negotiations between the two broke down and [=DreamWorks=] became part of the newly-formed Amblin Partners, future releases will be from multiple studios, but primarily Universal. Their back-catalog prior to the split remains with Paramount (not unlike MGM's pre-May 1986 library staying with WB), and Disney will retain the ones that they distributed.
** [=DreamWorks=] Animation was under [=DreamWorks=]' wing until 2004, when they spilt into a separate entity. Their former parent still distributed for DWA until 2006, when the former was acquired by Viacom in 2006, leading to Paramount distributing for them until 2012. The studio is currently with 20th Century Fox. However, with DWA's acquisition by [[Creator/{{NBC}} NBC]][[Creator/{{Universal}} Universal]] in 2016, once their deal with Fox ends in 2017 (with ''Captain Underpants'' expected to be the final film under said agreement), Universal will take over distribution permanently (starting with ''Larrikins''), bringing both [=DreamWorks=] and DWA under the same roof once again.
* Creator/AlfredHitchcock's ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' was originally released through Paramount, but the rights to re-release the movie transferred to Universal (on whose lot Hitchcock filmed ''Psycho'') eight years later. Universal eventually gained the rights to four more movies Hitchcock directed for Paramount: ''Film/RearWindow'', ''Film/TheTroubleWithHarry'', ''Film/TheManWhoKnewTooMuch'', and ''Film/{{Vertigo}}''.
** Rights to Hitchcock's adaptation of ''Theatre/{{Rope}}'' transferred from Warner Bros., to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, to United Artists, and finally to Universal.
** The rest of the Psycho series was released under Universal, although Psycho II and III have been sub-licensed to GoodTimes and Shout! Factory/Scream Factory for home video at different points.
* Two victims of TheShelfOfMovieLanguishment after MGM's bankrupcy: ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods'' (rescued by Lionsgate) and ''Film/RedDawn2012'' (minor studio Film District).
** The bankrupcy lead to a variant: Spyglass Entertainment, who was installed atop MGM by the creditors who had bought the studio, had co-produced ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'', but decided to plaster Leo the Lion in ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation'' instead of their own logo.
* ''The Seventh Son'' started out as a Creator/WarnerBros and Creator/{{Legendary Pictures}} feature, but when Legendary announced that they were breaking up with WB, the latter decided to cancel its planned January 2014 release date and ditch the film entirely. Distribution rights will now be held by Legendary's new partner, Creator/{{Universal}}.
** Universal also got the rights to distribute the upcoming ''Film/PacificRim'' sequel from Warner Bros. under the new deal.
* The Creator/WaltDisney-produced OswaldTheLuckyRabbit films were sold from Universal to [[Creator/{{Disney}} The Walt Disney Company]] in a deal that sent Al Michaels to NBC's ''Sunday Night Football'' from Creator/{{ESPN}}.
* In a case of films switching from one brand to another within the same parent company, Creator/TouchstonePictures release ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' received the Creator/{{Disney}} logo for its 3D re-release.
* ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'' was produced by the Quaker Oats Company (as a promotion for a failed line of chocolate bars) and distributed by Creator/{{Paramount}} during its theatrical premiere. After it flopped, they decided not to renew distribution rights. Creator/WarnerBros then added the movie to their library, where it belongs to this day.
* ''Film/TheLittleRascals'' went from Creator/HalRoachStudios to Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer in 1938. The latter studio distributed the series on behalf of the former for a decade before taking over. The 1990s movie was co-produced by Creator/{{Universal}} and the company that now owns the franchise, then known as King World, now CBS.
* After losing OswaldTheLuckyRabbit to Universal, Disney turned to Celebrity Productions to distribute his new MickeyMouse cartoons. He released the SillySymphonies through Creator/ColumbiaPictures in 1929, and they took over distribution of the Mickey series in 1930. Disney then turned to Creator/UnitedArtists from 1932 to 1937, after which Creator/RKORadioPictures released Disney's shorts and features until 1953, when Disney formed their own distribution company.
* Franchise/{{Godzilla}} has always been owned by Toho. But American distribution is [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godzilla_(franchise)#Toho_productions quite complicated]]. Most are now held by Columbia, who produced [[Film/{{Godzilla 1998}} the 1998 American movie]]. After their rights to a new movie lapsed, Legendary Pictures bought them and their then-partner Warner released [[Film/{{Godzilla 2014}} the 2014 movie]]. Unlike the ''Pacific Rim'' franchise, though, Warner will continue to make future ''Godzilla'' films in association with Legendary.
* The history of ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' distributors is something that requires branching out along different areas of distribution. On television, it was self-distributed by Saban at first before Fox purchased the company. Then Disney purchased the Saban library from Fox and later sold the franchise rights back to Haim Saban himself, with his new company, Saban Brands, co-distributing new installments in association with [=MarVista Entertainment=] since. The theatrical films were first handled by Fox, with Lionsgate (itself distributed on home video by Fox) taking over the film series starting with the third film. On video, [=PolyGram=] and Warner Music Group, the latter then owned by Creator/WarnerBros, were the first to distribute the franchise, followed by Fox (which had already issued the first film on video), then Disney, and presently Shout! Factory and Lionsgate.
* ''Film/DumbAndDumber'' and its 2003 prequel ''Dumb and Dumberer'' were both distributed by New Line, but its 2014 sequel ''Dumb and Dumber To'' was picked up by Universal (though New Line stayed on as producer).
* ''Film/EarthToEcho'' was originally produced by Creator/{{Disney}}. After seeing the final cut, the studio lost faith in the project and they sold the distribution rights to RelativityMedia.
* ''Anime/NinjaScroll'' went from MangaEntertainment to Creator/SentaiFilmworks
* ''LightNovel/VampireHunterD'' went from Creator/StreamlinePictures to Creator/OrionPictures to Urban Vision to Creator/SentaiFilmworks.
** It's sequel ''Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust'' went from Urban Vision to DiscotekMedia.
* Universal Pictures' new deal with Blumhouse Productions led to a peculiar case of this for the latest installments in the ''Film/{{Insidious}}'' and ''Film/{{Sinister}}'' franchises. They were originally distributed by Film District and Summit Entertainment, respectively. Universal subsidiary Focus Features got the rights to both franchises through their acquisition of Film District (in the case of Insidious) and Blumhouse's deal (in the case of Sinister). Then, in the wake of other genre films in the pipeline for that Universal division, including ''Film/{{Selfless}}'', ''Film/LondonHasFallen'' (its predecessor ''Film/OlympusHasFallen'' being distributed by Film District as well), ''Film/TheForest2016'', and the ''WesternAnimation/RatchetAndClank'' movie, Focus revived Gramercy Pictures, one of the company's predecessors, as a label for films like these that would not normally go under the Focus banner, similar to Rogue before it was sold to Relativity Media.
** This deal also covered ''Film/TheGreenInferno''. It was going to be distributed by Open Road in 2014, but they backed out over [[ScrewedByTheNetwork a bad deal by one of the film's financiers]]. Luckily, Blumhouse, under its BH Tilt label, was able to forge a deal with Universal and High Top Releasing, a label that Focus inherited from Film District, to get it released. (Oddly enough, Universal distributes Open Road's films on home video.)
* For ''Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods'', Creator/FUNimation partnered up with Screen Vision to release the film into US and Canadian cinemas. By the next year when it came time to release ''Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF'', they had their own theatrical distribution arm ([=FUNimation=] Films), and released the film into theaters themselves. For some reason, the US releases of those films retain TwentiethCenturyFox credit on them.
** In Japan, the original 13 ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' films were released by Toei Company themselves. For the recent 2013 and 2015 films, they partnered up with Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox, who had inherited the rights to distribute future ''Dragon Ball'' films through their contract for ''Film/DragonballEvolution''.
* Paramount handled ''Film/TrueGrit'', but Universal took care of the sequel ''Rooster Cogburn''.
* The ''Franchise/{{Vacation}}'' franchise has always been with Warner Bros, but the 2015 sequel/reboot was instead distributed by Warner-owned New Line.
* The upcoming ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'' [[LiveActionAdaptation live-action movie]] was originally set to be distributed by Creator/WaltDisneyPictures (Through their Touchstone Pictures label), with Creator/ParamountPictures only handling international release, but after Disney and [=DreamWorks=] opted not to renew their distribution deal set to expire on August 2016, the domestic rights were transferred to Paramount wholesale, meaning that they will release the movie both domestically and internationally.
** The two anime films were both produced by Production I.G., but they have different distributors. The original film was released by Shochiku in Japan, and Manga Entertainment (at the time, owned by [=PolyGram=]) outside Asia. Unlike most anime properties, Manga outright ''owns'' some distribution rights to the film permanently since they co-funded its production. Manga was sold to Anchor Bay in 2004, who was bought by Starz in 2006, who themselves were bought by Lionsgate in 2016. The second film, ''Innocence'', was released by Toho in Japan and DreamWorks' [=GoFish=] Pictures overseas (though Manga reached a deal to release it in the UK and Australia). After ParamountPictures inherited their back catalog, they licensed it to Bandai, and later to FUNimation.
* ''The Lobster'' was bought for US distribution by indie film company Alchemy, and was due for release in March 2016. However, due to Alchemy's financial troubles, the film was sold to fellow indie studio [=A24=] and the planned March release date was bumped back to May of the same year.
* ''Film/ExMachina'' was released by Creator/Universal internationally, in North America the film's distribution is handled by A24 due to Universal's US arm rejecting it.
* Castle Rock Entertainment started out as an independent production company, with their films distributed by Columbia Pictures theatrically and by New Line on home video. They were purchased by Turner Entertainment in 1994 (who merged with Time Warner in 1996), though Columbia still continued to be their theatrical distributor until the early 2000s, with Warner taking over home video. Today, Castle Rock's pre-1994 films are owned by MGM (who owns the [=PolyGram=] library, which the same Castle Rock films became a part of shortly after Turner's merger with Time Warner, due to having been acquired by Epic Productions) and the post-1994 films are owned by Warner Bros.
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[[folder: Rare TV-To-Film Examples]]
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' was produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television (oh, all right, ''and'' Creator/MutantEnemy) but the big-screen film version, ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', was made by Universal.
* Orion -- owners of Filmways, which made ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'' -- was having financial issues and elected to sell domestic rights to Paramount for [[Film/TheAddamsFamily the first film]] in order to cover some debt (they had a deal with Columbia for overseas distribution). After they filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Paramount picked up the sequel rights from Orion. And things don't stop there: Fox got the rights in the late nineties and did a sitcom out of them (with Warner Bros. distributing on home video the pilot, ''Film/AddamsFamilyReunion''), and now Universal is [[http://www.deadline.com/2010/03/tim-burton-next-3d-animated-film-da-da-da-snap-snap-the-addams-family/ planning an animated flick with]] Creator/TimBurton.
* The film of ''Film/LostInSpace'' was made by New Line, though the series itself was from Fox.
* Although ''Series/TheFugitive'' was a Quinn Martin Production in association with Creator/UnitedArtists Television, and the series itself is owned today (like almost the entire QM back catalogue) by Creator/{{CBS}} and Creator/{{Paramount}}, [[Film/TheFugitive the film]] is owned by Creator/WarnerBros (This came about due to QM Productions's sale to Taft Broadcasting; Taft executive Keith Barish eventually left the company and took the rights to ''The Fugitive'' with him, so when former QM employee and latter-day producer Arnold Kopelson wanted to do a film based on the series with regular partners Warner Bros., a deal was seen to be made.)
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' was originally produced by Creator/DesiluStudios and aired on Creator/{{NBC}}. Desilu Studios was bought out by Creator/{{Paramount}} during the show's run, and with the CBS-Viacom split, Paramount's original television division stayed on Creator/{{CBS}}'s side. None of the spin-offs (other than ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'') aired on NBC or an NBC-affiliated network. So after NBC canceled the series, it became a CashCowFranchise and not only has NBC not seen a dime of it, the money all goes to the people who own their rival. Call it LaserGuidedKarma if you want. (Ironically, CBS originally passed on ''Star Trek'' in favor of ''Series/LostInSpace''.)
* ''Series/TheATeam'' was produced by Creator/{{Universal}} and [[Creator/StephenJCannell Stephen J. Cannell Productions]] (Universal owns the series now), but [[Film/TheATeam the film]] was released by Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox due to Universal putting the film in turnaround several years before it finally got produced.
* ''Series/DarkShadows'' was made by Dan Curtis Productions, but [[Film/DarkShadows the film]] was released by Creator/WarnerBros, who purchased the rights directly from series creator Dan Curtis' estate.
* ''Film/MagicalMysteryTour'' was originally a Made-for-TV movie produced by Apple Corps in association with the BBC before it was rereleased in theaters in 1974 by New Line Cinema and again in 2012 by Apple.
* The film of ''Series/TheEqualizer'' was made by Creator/ColumbiaPictures, while the series was made by Creator/{{Universal}}.
* ''Series/TwentyOneJumpStreet'' was a Creator/StephenJCannell Production, but the [[Film/TwentyOneJumpStreet film]] [[Film/TwentyTwoJumpStreet series]] was made by Creator/ColumbiaPictures and [[Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer MGM]] (with the former handling home video distribution).
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[[folder: Comic Book Examples]]
* ComicBook/BlueBeetle, ComicBook/CaptainAtom, Judomaster, Nightshade, and ComicBook/TheQuestion all started off at Creator/CharltonComics, but were bought out by Creator/DCComics and brought into the official [[Franchise/TheDCU DCU]] during ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''. Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt was also briefly published by DC, but is currently published by Dynamite Entertainment (as the rights to the character returned to the estate of his deceased creator).
* ComicBook/{{Shazam}} (formerly [[IAmNotShazam Captain Marvel]]), ComicBook/BlackAdam, and the Marvel Family were originally owned by Creator/FawcettComics, but ended up being bought out by DC after a massive lawsuit. They (as well as Fawcett's other heroes) are currently part of the DCU.
* ComicBook/PlasticMan and ComicBook/{{Blackhawk}} were originally owned by Quality Comics, but like the above examples, were bought out by DC and integrated into their universe. A number of other Quality properties like the Ray, Phantom Lady, Black Condor, and Uncle Sam were later published together as the ''ComicBook/FreedomFighters''.
* The Creator/MilestoneComics heroes (the most famous among them being ComicBook/{{Static}}) were originally part of a creator-owned imprint published by DC, but separate from the Franchise/DCUniverse. Later, they were licensed by DC, becoming part of the DCU proper. Later still, they were established as having their own universe in the DC multiverse, again under their own imprint.
* Franchise/ArchieComics had a line of superheroes in the GoldenAge, collectively known as the Red Circle. DC briefly licensed the rights from Archie and integrated them into the DCU, but poor sales resulted in the rights going back to Archie. Archie now publishes the Red Circle heroes once again, treating their DC adventures as CanonDiscontinuity in the process.
* ComicBook/{{Miracleman}} ([[IHaveManyNames formerly Marvelman]]) is a famously complicated example. He started off in the 50's at L. Miller & Son before being revived by Quality Communications in the 80's. He was then licensed out to Eclipse Comics, before ''that'' publisher folded (as had Quality), and floated around in limbo for years. Todd [=McFarlane=] tried to bring the character into the Creator/ImageComics universe, but legal issues prevented this from happening. Creator/MarvelComics supposedly has the rights as of now, and have reprinted some of Miracleman's original 50's stories, but it is unclear whether or not they have rights to the Quality and Eclipse material (which featured legendary work from Creator/AlanMoore and Creator/NeilGaiman).
** Marvel has started reprinting the Alan Moore stories, although the writer is now credited to "The Original Writer".
* Amazing-Man was originally published by Centaur, but after lapsing into the Public Domain, he has appeared in stories published by Malibu and Dynamite Entertainment (such as ''ComicBook/ProjectSuperpowers''). He's also appeared in the Marvel Universe (in ''ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist'', ''ComicBook/SecretAvengers'', and ''ComicBook/TheDefenders'', but is called the Prince of Orphans due to copyright reasons.
* Creator/RobLiefeld's ''ComicBook/{{Youngblood}}'' originated at Creator/ImageComics, but Liefeld eventually left the studio and brought them over to his own publishing house, Awesome Comics (where they were {{ReTool}}ed by Creator/AlanMoore). After Awesome folded, the characters (and Liefeld) returned to Image.
** Same goes for Glory, Liefeld's CaptainErsatz of WonderWoman.
* Mantis is a truly bizarre example. She originated at Creator/MarvelComics as a member of Comicbook/TheAvengers, but after being written out of the series, was briefly published by DC Comics under the name "Willow", and later by Eclipse Comics under the name "Lorelei". She finally returned to the MarvelUniverse a few years later, and is currently part of the ''Comicbook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' franchise.
* ''Comicbook/TheNewYorkFour'' started off as part of Creator/DCComics' Minx Line, but the sequel, ''The New York Five'', was published by VertigoComics.
* Creator/PeterDavid's ''Comicbook/FallenAngel'' started off at DC (in fact, the heroine, Lee, was heavily implied to be [[Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} Linda Danvers]] under an assumed name), but was later picked up by Creator/IDWPublishing.
* The characters of Creator/{{Wildstorm}} (publisher of ''Comicbook/TheAuthority'', ''Comicbook/{{Stormwatch}}'', ''{{ComicBook/Gen 13}}'', and ''Comicbook/WildCATS'') started off as a sub-studio at Image, before being bought by DC Comics. The characters existed on their own until the events of ''Comicbook/{{Flashpoint}}'' and the ComicBook/{{New 52}}, where they were brought over into the rebooted DC canon.
* Creator/NeilGaiman's Angela was originally created for the ''Comicbook/{{Spawn}}'' series at Creator/ImageComics. After a massive legal battle that spanned ''years'', Gaiman regained creative control of the character, and brought her over to Creator/MarvelComics. She entered the MarvelUniverse at the close of the ''Comicbook/AgeOfUltron'' CrisisCrossover.
* It is very common for comics based on an external license to change publishers, with the new publishers often reprinting the material commissioned from a previous publisher.
* The short-lived ComicBook/DarkwingDuck comic book was originally published by [[Creator/KaboomComics Boom Studios]], but a new publisher known as Joe Books not only had all issues of the comic (with the exception of the last two) revised by original editor Aaron Sparrow and collected in an omnibus called Darkwing Duck: The Definitively Dangerous Edition, which was released in early 2015, but will also start publishing a new Darkwing Duck series.
* Between 1979 and 1995, ''Doctor Who Magazine'' was published by the UK branch of Creator/MarvelComics. As a result, its long-running ''Series/DoctorWho'' comic strip often intersected with the MarvelUniverse, including crossovers with Death's Head and Captain Britain and even a brief intersection with the Fantastic Four and other mainstream Marvel heroes. Around 1989, a second ''Doctor Who'' comic strip was published for about a year in the UK magazine ''The Incredible Hulk Presents''. In 1995, the publishing rights for DWM were sold to Italian-based Panini (which continues to publish the magazine as of 2016), and the Marvel connections ended.
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[[folder: Music Examples]]
* It's quite common for artists to start on lower labels but then sign to a bigger one -- [[ItsPopularNowItSucks commonly]], to the cries of "SellOut" by the FanDumb.
* And in recent years, there is the opposite: artists leave the major labels after [[MusicIsPolitics being fed up with their policies]], and start releasing independently. The breakout example of this practice was Music/{{Radiohead}} in 2007.
* Music/MichaelJackson released his first solo albums on Motown, the same label to which TheJackson5 were signed. For his fifth, ''Off The Wall'', he went for Creator/EpicRecords instead. The rest is history (to the point that [[SequelDisplacement some think that was his solo debut]]).
** This may have had something to do with [[strike:The Jackson 5]] The Jacksons ''themselves'' jumping ship to Epic Records in 1975 after leaving Motown.
* Music/{{Aerosmith}} started their career on Creator/ColumbiaRecords. As their career started to dwindle on the early 80s, the label dropped them, so when they started PuttingTheBandBackTogether, they signed with Creator/GeffenRecords. The CareerResurrection that followed was enough for Columbia to sign them back in 1996.
* The Music/RedHotChiliPeppers were first signed to EMI America, but it was mostly fruitless -- only their last album there, ''Mother's Milk'', caused impact. So afterwards came a bidding war, a deal with Creator/WarnerBrosRecords and ''Blood Sugar Sex Magik'', and they became superstars.
* Music/VanHalen were signed to Creator/WarnerBrosRecords for all their career, but for their comeback album ''A Different Kind of Truth'' in 2012, they signed with Interscope instead.
* When Music/DaveGrohl decided to form the Music/FooFighters and release his [[IAmTheBand playing all instruments]] record as the SelfTitledAlbum, he signed to Capitol as he knew their president from his Music/{{Nirvana}} days. So when said executive left after the Foos did their second album in 97, Grohl left Capitol, and only signed to RCA when the home-made third album was done.
* The musical projects of ''Trent Reznor'' are an interesting case. After he left major label Interscope in 2007, he set up his own independent label, The Null Corporation, to release new material (such as ''Ghosts I-IV'', ''The Slip'' and his and Atticus Ross' Oscar-winning soundtrack to ''Film/TheSocialNetwork''). This label goes through RED Distribution, a distribution channel owned by Sony Music. After the success of Null's releases, Reznor's musical project Music/HowToDestroyAngels would end up signing with Sony subsidiary Creator/ColumbiaRecords, and he would do the same with Music/NineInchNails for its comeback album.
* Music/DepecheMode signed to Mute Records in 1980, and got a US deal with Creator/SireRecords shortly after. When Mute was bought by EMI in 2002, the band's US deal remained in place until 2009, when they moved to Virgin and Capitol (two other EMI subsidiaries) to release ''Sounds of the Universe.'' In 2012, however, they left EMI altogether for Creator/ColumbiaRecords, but the logo for Mute still appears on their debut Columbia album ''Delta Machine''.
* ''Music/{{Queen}}: Greatest Flix'' underwent this before release due to the controversial Warner Home Video Rental Drive of '81, being released by Picture Music International through Thorn EMI Video (whose parent company, EMI, distributed their records in the UK), instead of by WEA (who distributed them in the USA) as was originally planned.
** For the record, the rights to Queen's music itself are another example of this. In the UK, Queen originally released their music through EMI/[[Creator/ParlophoneRecords Parlophone]], but they kept their masters and signed a more lucrative deal with Island Records in 2011. Thus, when Universal merged with EMI and had to divest Parlophone to Warner, their music stayed with Island. In the US and Canada, Queen signed to Creator/ElektraRecords and WEA and released their music under those labels until 1984's ''The Works'', when they moved to Capitol (an EMI subsidiary), in part because of the above fiasco. That deal would go on until 1991, when the band signed a new deal with Creator/{{Disney}}'s Hollywood Records (which just so happened to be distributed by Elektra until 1995, when Polygram, and later Universal, took over), taking their back catalog with them. Now, Universal distributes Queen's music worldwide.
* Music/LimpBizkit left their longtime label Interscope in 2012 and signed on to Birdman's Cash Money Records. Yes, Limp Bizkit is now labelmates with artists like Music/LilWayne, Music/{{Drake}}, and Music/NickiMinaj.
* Each solo member of Music/TheBeatles stayed with Capitol/EMI for the beginning of their solo/post-Beatles careers (as per their eight-year contracts to EMI in 1967 while still working as a group, but after the dissoliution of Apple Records in 1975, each jumped ship; John, George and Ringo in 1975 (for Creator/GeffenRecords, Creator/WarnerBrosRecords and Portrait respectively), and Paul/Wings in 1979 for Columbia. Each member's solo albums have, as of 2015, shifted back to Capitol/Universal (who bought out EMI's Beatle-related contracts), except Paul (who licenses his solo career to Concord), though he will return to Capitol as well as part of a new contract with Universal set to go in effect in June 2017.
* After Music/MotleyCrue's contract with Elektra Records expired, they bought the rights to their masters and started their own label, Motley Music, which has been distributed by Beyond Music, BMG, Universal, Downtown, and now RED.
* When soundtrack albums are expanded, they're not always on the same label that put out the original - examples are legion, like Jay Chattaway's ''Film/InvasionUSA1985'' (originally released on LP in 1985 by Creator/VareseSarabande in North America and Milan internationally; Creator/{{Intrada}} later issued the complete score in 2008).
* Cat Stevens' first two albums were released by Deram Records while his albums from ''Mona Bone Jakon'' to ''Back to Earth'' were released on A&M Records in North America and Island Records elsewhere. Since he returned to recording as Yusuf Islam he released ''An Other Cup'' on Atlantic, ''Roadsinger'' on Hip-O and ''Tell 'Em I'm Gone'' on Columbia.
* Music/TheAvalanches have always been signed to Modular in their home country of Australia and XL Recordings in the UK, but the North American rights to their debut album ''Since I Left You'' transferred between London-Sire, then Elektra, and currently, Interscope, with the Japanese rights going from independent label Toy's Factory to Universal. Their second album ''Wildflower'' was released worldwide in collaboration with four labels, the first three of which are Universal subsidiaries: Modular, EMI Australia, Astralwerks, and XL Recordings.
* For many years, a common practice for recording artists that changed labels would be to record an album (or two) of re-recordings of past hits, in order to allow the new label to reap some additional airplay and sales benefits. Less common now, an example of this was Music/JohnnyCash, who initially recorded for Sun Records. He later signed with Columbia Records and eventually recorded an album of re-recordings of Sun-era songs. In the late 1980s, Cash left Columbia and signed with Mercury Records and one of his first releases for the new label was yet another album of recordings of songs he'd previously recorded at both Sun and Columbia.
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* Many of the contributors of ''Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses'', including [[Creator/DougWalker That Guy himself]], started out on Website/YouTube. In That Guy's case, he was driven to create the site because Website/YouTube started removing his videos due to copyright issues.
** Some of them seem to have moved back to YouTube recently, such as Doug, Lindsey, Brad and Todd on the League of Super Critics, while still continuing on Blip. Doug even go as far as to make a few YouTube jokes in recent Nostalgia Critic episodes.
* ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation'' started out (very briefly) as a series of Website/YouTube reviews before getting picked up as a proper series by the online "magazine" ''The Escapist''.
* Likewise ''WebAnimation/ExtraCredits'', which then hopped ''again'' when ''The Escapist'' cut out the funding for the series, moving back to Website/YouTube briefly before ending up on ''Webcomic/PennyArcade's'' PATV. After that, they got their own website with their videos hosted on their youtube channel, and now the website is mostly defunct and content is split between two youtube channels [[https://www.youtube.com/user/ExtraCreditz ExtraCredits]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-7oMv6E4Uz2tF51w5Sj49w Extra Play]].
* Discussed in the ScriptFic ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'':
-->'''Jack:''' Faster than the speed of light, eh? [[MediumAwareness When did this show move to the]] [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci-Fi Channel]]?[[labelnote:*]]It should be noted that the "show" is on {{Nickelodeon}}.[[/labelnote]]
* Some video reviewers changed their video providers a lot: YouTube, Revver, BlipTv, Springboard...
* Website/BlipTV closed down, so everyone on there either had to Channel Hop or go dark.
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[[folder:Pinball Examples]]
* ''Pinball/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' was released by Creator/WilliamsElectronics. The same team returned for ''Pinball/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines'', released by Creator/SternPinball, due to Williams leaving the industry several years earlier.
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[[folder: Radio Examples]]
* In the late 1940s, Creator/{{CBS}} head William S. Paley conducted a famous "talent raid" of rival Creator/{{NBC}}, snatching away such popular shows as ''Radio/TheJackBennyProgram'', ''Amos 'n' Andy'', ''The Burns and Allen Show'', ''The Edgar Bergen and Charlie [=McCarthy=] Show'', and ''The Red Skelton Show''. The move led to CBS becoming the ratings leader in 1949, establishing a position of dominance that the network would enjoy into the television era and wouldn't relinquish until the late '70s.
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[[folder: Toy Examples]]
* WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}: has saw this happen to its toy license. The license originally belonged to Playskool, but then passed on to Eden Toys after just a short stint. When Eden toys went defunct, it passed on to a little-known company called Crocodile Creek and has remained since.
* WesternAnimation/CareBears: Originally started out on Kenner. ExecutiveMeddling involving forcing the GreenAesop down people's throat among other things [[note]]i.e. dropping some of the cousins and changing the remaining ones into bears[[/note]] caused the toys to lose popularity in the late 90s, and the license was sold to Play-Along Toys in 1999, who managed to salvage the franchise and bring it back to profitability. Then Hasbro managed to pry the license out of Play-Along's hands in late 2007. Hasbro proceeded to treat the franchise poorly [[note]]Launching a TV series only in 2012, and it took until 2013 for the toys to appear. Some also speculated that the unexpected rise of popularity in [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic another one of their franchises]], along with it's extremely vocal fanbase, was another cause of this[[/note]]. When the show wasn't renewed for a second season in 2013, it displeased American Greetings, who then revoked Hasbro's license and sold it to a company called Just Play Inc.
* WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake: Originally started out on Kenner like Care Bears, but then eventually lost steam due to neglect of the franchise. The license was sold to Bandai in the early 2000s, who like Play-Along managed to bring the series back to profitability. Then executive meddling happened and the license went from Bandai to Playmates toys, then an upstart with poor distribution. The [[ExecutiveMeddling decision]] by Playmates to revamp the franchise [[note]]Namely, aging the girls up, deleting the established and loved fillies and replacing them with bland generic ones, and bring back the purple Pie-Man[[/note]] had a negative effect on the fanbase. Coupled with the poor availability of the toys due to the abovementioned distribution issues, the franchise started to collapse. The rights was then revoked and sold to Hasbro (which happened at the same time as Play-Along losing the rights to Care Bears to also Hasbro), who while initially gave the series excellent treatment, started to slide because the toys weren't moving [[note]]moving the cartoon series from Disney to Cartoon Network in Asia, Europe and Oceania- who then proceeded to air them on CN's sister channel Boomerang instead- wasn't a smart move due to said channel being unavailable in several countries, although some speculated that like the Care Bears example above, the unexpected rise of [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic another one of their franchises]] and it's extremely vocal fandom was another cause of this. Additionally, Hasbro made an announcement that they will be purging all non-fruit-themed characters from the franchise, and procereded to list the names of characters that have been purged - which angered fans of Ginger Snap, Angel Cake, and Apple Dumplin' (which was ironically used as a spokeslady for selling fresh apples back in 2003). Lastly, memories of the 2003 series was still fresh in the fandom's mind (DVD releases of the 2003 series dragged on until 2012, and are in fact still available on demand from several outlets), and they want their beloved characters, pets and fillies back[[/note]]. This had a net result of the rights being revoked at around the same time as the Care Bears'. The rights was then given to another upstart called Bridge Direct, a company with an even ''worse'' distribution coverage than Playmates.
** And on a higher level, American Greetings finally relinquished the rights of Strawberry Shortcake to Iconix Brands in April 2015. This is noticeable since all pictures posted to social networks since has the copyright of "SBSC" (Strawberry Shortcake Holdings, an Iconix company) instead of "TCFC" (Those Characters From Cleveland, an American Greetings company).
* ''Sesame Workshop'', then ''Childrens Television Workshop'', historically licensed the production of toys based on Series/SesameStreet and their other franchises to Fisher-Price. However, in the 90s, they change their mind and switched to Playskool. Then in the mid-2000s, somehow decided to switch back to Fisher-Price for a while, before switching back to Playskool again.
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[[folder:Video Game Examples]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' began as a Creator/{{Sega}} franchise, but as of ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta 2}}'', Nintendo now owns the publishing rights. Sega still owns the franchise, but Nintendo is publishing all further games in the series.
* Creator/{{Rare}}ware and Creator/SiliconKnights used to be Creator/{{Nintendo}}-owned companies, until Nintendo sold their shares to Microsoft.
* ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'' and ''Franchise/SpyroTheDragon'' jumped from Creator/SonyComputerEntertainment to Vivendi Universal, who later merged with Sierra. The rights then went to Creator/{{Activision}} after the fall of Sierra.
* Creator/ValveSoftware's (retail) games used to be distributed by Sierra, until the release of The Orange Box, in which they are now distributed by [[Creator/ElectronicArts EA Games]]. Valve handles their own digital distribution, though.
* ''VideoGame/LeisureSuitLarry'' began as a Creator/{{Sierra}} franchise, until it was sold to Codemasters (who picked up and released ''Box Office Bust'') after Sierra's fall. The other Sierra franchises are retained by Creator/{{Activision}}.
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'' went from Westwood Studios to [=EA=] Games, and some were not too happy about it. It is questionable if this one counts, however, since EA bought over Westwood and proceeded to [[ExecutiveMeddling screw with it]], and when [[CreatorKiller Command and Conquer 4 tanked]], EA shut down Westwood, but was reluctant to let the franchise go.
* The ''VideoGame/{{WWE}}'' game franchise went from [=THQ=] to [[Creator/TaketwoInteractive 2K Sports]] following [=THQ=]'s bankruptcy.
* Interesting example with the ''VideoGame/FarCry'' series. The series started off with the first installment being made by Crytek Studios and Ubisoft with Crytek's proprietary [[GameEngine [=CryEngine=]]]. However, after the first game, Crytek parted ways with Ubisoft, took their engine with them and went on to make the ''Franchise/{{Crysis}}'' series. Ubisoft kept the ''Far Cry'' trademark and continued the franchise, producing ''VideoGame/{{Far Cry 2}}'' and the very popular ''VideoGame/{{Far Cry 3}}''. The non-Crytek installments of the ''Far Cry'' series, as well as the ''Classic'' remake of the first game, are rendered in the Unreal Engine.
* Creator/InsomniacGames were Sony-exclusive for 18 years, before hopping to Microsoft for ''VideoGame/SunsetOverdrive''.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' began development as an in-house Creator/{{Bungie}} property before the company was purchased by Microsoft, and remained in the hands of Microsoft's Creator/ThreeFourThreeIndustries after Bungie parted ways with them.
* ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'' had been exclusive to Sony platforms for years before the development team chose to release ''Monster Hunter Tri'' on the UsefulNote/{{Wii}} due to the high cost of developing games for the UsefulNote/PlayStation3 at the time. While ''Monster Hunter Portable 3rd'' had been released on the UsefulNotes/PlayStationPortable, all current main series games have been primarily released on the UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS[[note]]''Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate'' had a UsefulNotes/WiiU port as well, though the system's lack of popularity killed the possibility of future ports to the system[[/note]], with official word being that they simply wanted to reach a wider audience over the UsefulNotes/PlayStationVita. That statement doesn't stop the spread of rumors claiming they had a falling out with Sony over the ''Portable 3rd'' incident[[note]]The planned localization of the [=PS3=] port had been [[NoExportForYou vetoed by Sony of America]] due to their desire to have trophies implemented and Capcom's desire to get the US Ad-Hoc Network updated so the game would have online play, a very important feature in the West due to the fanbase being more spread out than in the series' native Japan[[/note]], however.
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